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Forced into sex trade

Tevita Vuibau
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

OFFICERS at the Fiji Police Force Human Trafficking Unit are investigating a case of forced prostitution.

This was confirmed by Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri who said a report was received over the weekend.

The elder sister of the victim, who is a juvenile reported, the matter alleging that certain individuals were forcing her sister into prostitution.

However Inspector Sokomuri was quick to point out that this latest case involved a local woman.

"Whilst the unit has been investigating and prosecuting cases of human trafficking involving local and foreign nationals here in Fiji, the present allegation involves a local woman," Inspector Sokomuri said

The unit has successfully prosecuted two major cases recently whereby Asian nationals were involved and sentenced by the High Court in Suva.

Four Asians charged with aggravated trafficking in person, alternative counts of trafficking in person and sexual servitude — Phanat Laojindamanee, Lum Bing, Zhang Yong and Jason Zong — were found guilty.

Laojindamanee and Bing were charged with one count of aggravated trafficking in person and an alternative count of trafficking in person, Yong faced two counts of domestic trafficking in person while Zong was charged with two counts of sexual servitude.