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1st local human trafficking case

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

FIJI'S first domestic human trafficking case was heard in the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

The pair — Inoke Raikadroka, 23, of Suva, and Mohammed Sheefaz Jameer Sagaitu, 24, of Rotuma — appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili.

Mr Raikadroka is charged with nine counts of trafficking in children, living on earnings of prostitution and prostitution.

Mr Sagaitu, on the other hand, is charged with two counts of living on the earnings of prostitution and three counts of domestic trafficking in children.

It is alleged that the two, from May to December 12 last year, trafficked two girls aged 16, 17 and a 20-year-old woman between Suva and Nadi.

Mr Ratuvili transferred the matter to the High Court citing the seriousness of the offence.

"Your charge is a serious charge and I am transferring it to the High Court," he said.

Defence counsel Seremaia Waqainabete and the prosecution did not object to the decision made by Mr Ratuvili, saying the nature of the matter required it to be heard in the High Court.

He told both accused that they would be remanded in custody and that they should file their bail applications while in remand.

The matter will be called on March 1.