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Trafficking suspects take stand

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

TWO men alleged to have been involved in domestic trafficking of young women for sexual services gave evidence in court yesterday.

Inoke Raikadroka is charged with two counts slavery and five of domestic trafficking while Mohammed Sheefaz Sagaitu faces two counts of domestic trafficking.

Mr Raikadroka told the court that he had not forced the girl's to perform sexual acts with clients instead the girls had come to him of their own will.

He said he was at Sukuna Park with his friends when he met two of the girls who had told him that they wanted him to look for clients for them.

When asked if he was a pimp, he said yes.

Mr Raikadroka said he was aware that some of the girl's were underaged but they had been involved in sex work before and he saw no reason not to work with them.

He said with the money the girls' earned, he kept it to provide the girls with things they needed.

He said the three sisters who were prosecution witnesses continued to do sex work without him and they also refused to go back home because they had told him that they had been molested by family members and there was little to eat at home.

Mr Raikadroka added he and the girls were sex workers, doing what they did to survive.

Mr Sagaitu in his evidence said he provided clients for the girls because they had come to him with the request.

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