Human trafficking case against Lawrence Tavern shopkeeper put off to 2016
The human trafficking case against 27-year-old shopkeeper, Nadine Pitt, of Lawrence Tavern, St Andrew, is to be tried in the Home Circuit Court on January 13 next year.
Pitt's case was set for trial yesterday but had to be put off because of another trial which is taking place.
The witnesses in the case were bound over and Pitt's bail was extended.
Pitt, who is being represented by attorney-at-law Carol Dacosta, is accused of harbouring a teenage girl and benefitting from money she received from prostitution.
The Crown is alleging that in 2004, a 13-year-old girl ran away from her home in the hills of St Andrew.
When she returned home four days later, she told her father that she was at Pitt's home.
In 2006, the girl ran away again and when her father and the police went to Pitt's home they did not find her.
The girl got pregnant in 2007 and when she went to the police to report a dispute between her and her boyfriend, it was discovered that she was a missing child.
On being questioned by the police, the girl allegedly said that from 2006 she had been living with Pitt.
The girl is alleged to have reported that Pitt had been sending her out to be intimately involved with men for money.
The girl allegedly said that when she returned home, Pitt demanded half of the money.
Pitt was arrested and charged in July 2009.