A group of gay men and cross dressers who were living homeless in a New Kingston gully have been rounded up by Jamaican Police, with five more wanted for questioning.
Police raided the gully midday Monday, shaking awake the men, many of whom were made up and wearing wigs and women’s clothing.
At the end of the one hour raid 8 people were handcuffed and transported to Half-Way-Tree Police Station, with police claiming a number of stolen items were recovered from the gully.
Police released the aliases of five other men they are seeking – ‘Marlene Malaboo-Forte’, ‘Michelle’, ‘Pebbles’, ‘Goodas’, and ‘Bat Man.’
As they were being arrested, the men were filmed by a television news crew and taunted by passing motorists who said police should have rounded them up long ago.
The raid was a joint operation by New Kingston Police, St Andrews Central Division and Delta Special Operations.
The raid was lead by Police Commandant Christopher Murdoch who told the Jamaica Observer that there would be further operations against thieves operating in New Kingston.
‘We will continue to carry out these snap operations to find those who are robbing people in the New Kingston area,’ Murdoch said.