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UPDATE: Jury makes first human trafficking conviction since 2007, Gurunani found guilty

Published:Friday | June 19, 2015 | 6:09 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

A jury moments ago convicted businessman Rajesh Gurunani on human trafficking charges in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston. 

It is the first human trafficking conviction in Jamaica since 2007 and the first under new legislation passed by Parliament in 2013.

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The seven-member jury found Gurunani guilty on all the nine charges he was facing, after more than two hours of deliberations.

Maximum sentence for human trafficking is 20 years imprisonment.  

Justice Courtney Daye is to hand down sentencing on June 26.

His bail was extended until that time. 

Gurunani was charged with trafficking in persons, facilitating trafficking in persons and withholding travel documents between August 2009 and March 2011.

The businessman, who operated a chain of shoes and clothes stores, denied the allegations in an unsworn statement.