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Second Victim Testifies in Human Smuggling Trial

A young woman who authorities said is one of two female victims in the country’s first human trafficking for prostitution trial cried while testifying in the Supreme Court yesterday that she had been forced into prostitution.

The woman is the second of two complainants to testify in the ongoing trial where 24-year-old Chevaneese “Sasha” Gaye-Hall is accused of human smuggling.

According to reports Hall committed the alleged crime between January 10 and 28 of 2013.

However, Hall denied the charges.

While being withheld, the complainant testified that her passport was taken and was told by Hall that she would have to have sex with men in order to pay her way back to Jamaica.

She said the defendant told her to charge either $150 to $200 for her services and that she was instructed to wear bikinis and make sexual poses as Hall took photos with a cell phone.

The complainant told the court that she was “too afraid” to escape or contact police.

During cross examination, defense attorney Jiaram Mangra asked the complaint why would she come to The Bahamas to work as masseuse when she admitted to not having any masseuse skills.

However, she explained that it was difficult to find a job in Jamaica and when she got the opportunity to come to The Bahamas she came because she needed a job to take care of her two children but later found out that she was misled.

The case has been adjourned to today at 10:00 a.m. where Mr. Mangra, Brian Dorsett and Benjamin McKinney will continue to cross examine the complainant.

Director of Public Prosecutions Vinette Graham Allen leads the Crown’s team.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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