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Human Trafficker Sentenced to 13 Years

Chevanese Sasha Gaye-Hall, the Jamaican national who is the first person to be tried and convicted for human trafficking in The Bahamas, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

During her sentencing before Senior Supreme Court Justice Jon Isaacs on Wednesday, Gaye-Hall was initially sentenced to 15 years at Her Majesty’s Prisons, but Justice Isaacs said since she had already served 17-months in prison, her time would be shortened to 13 years and five months.

Gaye-Hall was convicted in March on four counts of trafficking in persons and two counts of unlawful withholding of identification papers.

Jairam Mangra, Gaye-Hall’s attorney, said he is pleased with the verdict.

“The sentence of 15 years is quite reasonable in these circumstances,” he said. “The judge thought of both sides—the prosecution and the defense, and I felt he exercised his discretion in delivering that particular sentence.

“Now the trial is complete we will have to take instructions, whether the next step would be a possible appeal, but we will have to take instructions from her on that.”

Gaye-Hall’s sentencing comes after an ethical traveler report recently criticised the Bahamian government for not having any convictions for human trafficking. The United States Department of State website released its 2014 Trafficking in Persons report and while The Bahamas is not completely off the radar, the report states the country has been making a more significant effort to fully comply with minimum standards landing the country in a tier two position on the report’s watch list.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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