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Teen recalls acquaintance

Mere Naleba
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

A YOUNG woman who also worked as a sex worker yesterday took the stand and told the court how she became acquainted with the first accused in the domestic human trafficking case.

The 18-year-old said she first met Inoke Raikadroka at Sukuna Park in 2012 when she was with the two complainants in the case, as well as their elder sister.

The witness said Mr Raikadroka approached the group and told the three sisters and the witness that he could get them clients who are willing to pay good money for the sex services they provided.

She then said after all, four women agreed to work with Mr Raikadroka, then they moved into the already paid hotel room at the Elixir Apartments where they stayed for two months.

She said at the hotel, their clients would begin to arrive and pick up the "girls" and later drop them off.

When asked if she had in any way felt trapped or did not like what was going on, she said she enjoyed herself and that there was always plenty of food and drinks for everyone.

She said the hotel room would normally be occupied by the three sisters, Mr Raikadroka, his boyfriend and she.

The witness then said after checking out from the hotel, she returned home and the others went to Raiwai.

High Court judge Justice Paul Madigan asked the witness if she knew why the three girls did not return to their home, she answered she did not know.

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