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Newsline: Haitian Embassy Agent in TurksCaicos Denies Involvement in Human Trafficking

An agent for the Haitian embassy in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) was forced to deny allegations that he and the Haitian government would be involved in human trafficking. These accusations are coming from the local Haitian community in TCI who also would allege that the embassy agent, Donald Metellus, would be a participant in the victimization of children born in TCI to Haitian nationals. Metellus claims that persons in the TCI Haitian community are trying to ruin his reputation. “The allegation are as quoted by him that I have being taking money from the Haitian Government on behalf of the illegal Haitians who migrate to the Turks and Caicos Islands by boats on several occasions, to feed them; and also accused me of being dishonest and saying that I have also being paying the TCI Immigration authorities not to issue documents to Haitian children who born in this territory…” Metellus says he has been assisting TCI immigration officials and at not time received money from the Haitian government of from the TCI government and also added that at time he has had to spend his own money to assist detained Haitians who arrive by boat. The TCI Ministry of Immigration and Border Control would be spending millions of dollars to repatriate Haitian migrants entering the country by illegal means.