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Woman Found Guilty Of Human Trafficking

It took jurors less than two hours to return a guilty verdict yesterday against the woman accused of running a human smuggling ring.

Jamaican native Chevaneese “Sasha” Gaye-Hall became the first person ever tried and convicted in The Bahamas for these crimes.

She was found guilty on all six counts.

A 2013 Ethical Traveller Report criticised the Bahamian government for not having any convictions for human trafficking.

Hall was convicted on four counts of trafficking persons and two counts of withholding papers.

In wake of the verdict, Hall’s attorney Jiaram Mangra requested a probation report to be done before sentencing to ensure the jury determines an appropriate sentence based on the report and his request was granted.

While outside court Mr. Mangra disclosed his client’s reaction to the verdict.

“Of course she is disappointed but she accepts the verdict as delivered by the jury even though she does not agree with it and that is the basis on which she is instructed us to find an appeal because in her estimation the verdict of the jury was not the proper verdict based on the evidence produced in the trail,” he said.

Hall had no reaction when the verdict was read and declined to comment when granted the opportunity to speak by Senior Justice Jon Isaacs.

According to prosecutors, back in January of last year, Hall brought several women to The Bahamas, took their passports and forced them into prostitution.

During the trial, two of these women testified against Hall.

According to one of the victims Hall misled her to believe that she could get a job as a bartender or waitress if she came to The Bahamas.

Another witness said she Hall told her she would become a masseuse.

Hall has denied all charges.

Hall is due back in court on May 7th for sentencing.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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