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Fined for Human Trafficking Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 August 2012 00:00

A 35-year-old woman was convicted of human trafficking in the San Ignacio Magistrate's court. Estella Pinelo appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith where she was fined 10 thousand dollars after being found guilty.

The facts of the case show that a 14-year-old girl was forced into prostitution at the Riverside Resort in San Ignacio. The girl was held for 5 months and was forced to work at the establishment where she was never paid. She was reportedly beaten and forced into prostitution.

While the maximum sentence for human trafficking is 5 years imprisonment, and 1 year imprisonment is the minimum, the Chief Magistrate only imposed a fine since the culprit is nursing a young child.
The case was prosecuted by the DPP herself, who has indicated that she will appeal the sentence.