SAN JUAN – The St. Lucia government announced Thursday an investigation into the case of 60 Nepalese students who traveled to the island to attend a school that closed abruptly, leaving the young people stranded.
Lambirds Academy at Gros Islet closed its doors on Feb. 27 and police are looking into whether the school’s operators engaged in human trafficking, the Office of the Prime Minister said in a statement.
Authorities arrested four Asian nationals and the academy’s principal following the discovery of a number of Nepalese students “who were unable to return home after paying huge sums to pursue promises of education and work in Saint Lucia.”
Although three of the students have returned to their homeland, the Home Affairs Ministry said it has been working with the UN International Organization for Migration to ensure the welfare of the affected individuals and to bring the matter to a decisive close.
A hearing is expected later this month on a motion to order financial restitution for the Nepalese students.