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Guatemalan charged for Attempted Trafficking Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 March 2012 00:00

On Tuesday March 27th, 53-year-old Jose Alfaro appeared in Magistrate’s Court in Belize City where he was charged with two counts of attempting to traffic in persons. Alfaro appeared before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith where he was read the charges.

A 16-year-old girl reported to police that on two occasions, Alfaro solicited her to work at a bar and have sex with clients. Between February 22, 2012 and March 16, 2012, in Ladyville Village, Alfaro attempted to recruit the 16 -year-old girl for the purpose of exploitation, to use her as a prostitute.  He is also accused of attempting to do the same thing to the same girl on March 17.

Alfaro, who was unrepresented in court, pleaded not guilty to the charges.  The court police prosecutor, objected to bail, on the grounds that, Alfaro is a flight risk and if he is granted bail he may abscond since he is a Guatemalan national. There was also objection that due to the tender age of the child there is a strong possibility that Alfaro may try to interfere with the victim and or other witnesses for the prosecution. The court prosecutor also asked the Chief Magistrate to also take into consideration, the serious nature of the offenses as upon conviction, Alfaro faces a jail term of as many as 5 years imprisonment.  The Chief Magistrate upheld the objection to bail and remanded Alfaro into custody at the Belize Central Prison until April 26.  Alfaro is a businessman at a bar called ‘4P’, which is located in the Ladyville area.