Elderly Men Sentenced For Human Trafficking

Despite pleas from defence lawyers for a non-custodial sentence, two elderly men were yesterday each sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to trafficking in persons involving a 14-year-old girl.

The men were the first persons to be charged in Jamaica with trafficking in persons. They pleaded guilty on Monday in the Home Circuit Court to the lesser offence of conspiracy to trafficking in persons.

Lisa Palmer, acting senior deputy director of public prosecutions, in outlining the facts of the case, said in May 2006, Graham and Stephens made plans to get the girl involved in prostitution.

The men approached an investigator from New Zealand who was in the island to conduct research into sexual exploitation and trafficking of women and children.

They told the man that they could get a young girl for him to have sexual intercourse with, but he would have to pay them US$400.

The money was paid to the men and the investigator reported the matter to the police. A sting operation was set up and on May 24, 2006, when the men turned up with the girl in the New Kingston area, the police swooped down and arrested and charged them.

They were found with the US$400 in their possession.

Source: Jamaica Gleaner

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