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Human trafficking trial involving businesswoman, husband and daughter continues today

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2015 | 10:20 AM

Defence attorneys in the human trafficking trial of Kingston businesswoman, Hermalinda Parker, are to continue to make their no case submission today in the Home Circuit Court.

Submissions are being made in the absence of the seven-member jury.

Yesterday, the Crown, represented by Lisa Palmer Hamilton, Aldine Duncan and Gavin Stewart, conceded to arguments submitted by defence lawyers which resulted in four of six charges being dropped against Parker and her co-accused.

The businesswoman is jointly charged with her husband Anthony, and her daughter, Lynn Scantlebury.

The three were each freed of one count of human trafficking, one count of conspiracy and two counts of withholding travel documents.

The accused are now facing one count of conspiracy and one count of human trafficking.

The businesswoman is being represented by attorneys-at-law Christopher Townsend and Kaysian Kennedy.

Her husband and daughter are being represented by attorneys George Soutar, and Nadine Atkinson Flowers. 

The Crown is alleging that young girls were recruited from abroad and forced to work at a nightclub operated by the woman.

Hermalinda is the former owner of the Latin Movement Nightclub at the Dunrobin Plaza in St Andrew.

The trial is being heard in camera before Justice Jennifer Straw.