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Second witness testifies

Mere Naleba
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

THE trial of four Asians accused of human trafficking continued yesterday in the High Court in Suva before Justice Paul Madigan.

Phanat Laojindamanee, Lum Bing, Zang Yong and Jason Zong allegedly featured in the trafficking of three Thai women to Fiji where they were promised work as masseuse but were also expected to offer sexual services for money.

The second State witness, Kunal Singh, testified receiving a message on his mobile phone from one of the women early one morning while he was travelling to Nadi; she wanted his help. Mr Singh had met two of the women at the O'Reilly's nightclub in Suva where he had given one of them his business card.

He told the court that in the message he received, the woman who he knew as Miau said "the person that had brought her here (to Fiji) wanted her to conduct sexual services for money and asked me if I can help her".

DPP lawyer Seini Puamau then asked Mr Singh what he did after receiving the information. Mr Singh said he then sent a message to the Director of Immigration notifying him of what the Thai woman had told him.