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Convicted human trafficker fined

Published:Friday | July 3, 2015 | 4:21 PM

Convicted human trafficker, Rajesh Gurunani, was ordered to compensate his victims and pay a fine of $2.4 million at his sentencing this afternoon.

He was not given a custodial sentence as Justice Courtney Daye said he did not think the offences for which he was charged required him to be imprisoned.

He will pay the three victims US$21,000 in total in compensation.

Two weeks ago, a seven-member jury found Gurunani guilty on all the nine charges he was facing.

It’s alleged that Mr. Gurunani, who operates stores in Kingston and St Catherine, recruited persons from India and promised them jobs in his stores in Jamaica.

It’s further alleged that on their arrival in Jamaica the businessman confiscated their passports and forced them to work long hours in his stores for little pay.

He was charged in March 2011 during an operation by the Organised Crime Investigation Division.

The businessman denied the allegations in an unsworn statement.