Human trafficking suspect granted bail

Seta Sanjana Ram (centre) after appearing in court. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

A WOMAN who allegedly facilitated the trafficking of 17 Fiji citizens was today granted bail by the High Court in Suva.

Seta Sanjana Ram was granted bail by Justice Daniel Goundar.

Ms Ram is charged alongside her sister Geeta Anjana Chandar who is still in overseas with 17 counts of trafficking in persons, 16 counts of obtaining property by deception and two counts of money laundering.

The two were alleged to have facilitated the travel of 17 Fijian citizens who were exploited and became victims of human trafficking in New Zealand between April and September, 2014 and obtained a total of $52,142 from the 17 complainants by deception.

For the money laundering charges, it is alleged that Geeta Anjana Chandar between September, 2017 and March, 2017 disposed of $79,991.40 into a Bank of the South Pacific account and between February and May, 2014 Seta Sanjana Ram allegedly disposed of $2,525 into two Australia and New Zealand bank accounts that were the proceeds of crime.

Justice Goundar has granted Ms Ram bail with two sureties who have signed a surety bond of $5000 each.

A curfew has also been imposed on her from 5pm to 5am daily.

The case has been adjourned to November 15 for mention.

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