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Justice ministry celebrates human trafficking sentencing

Published:Saturday | July 9, 2016 | 8:57 AM

The justice ministry is celebrating the sentencing of two more people for human trafficking.

Rohan Ebanks and Venoshia Reeves, who were convicted on June 17, were on Thursday sentenced for Human Trafficking violations in the Supreme Court.

Justice Courtney Daye handed down the sentences, in this case, which has been before the court since 2013.

Ebanks reportedly carried a 14-year-old Haitian girl to Jamaica, offering her prospects for a better life.

However, they subjected the teen to domestic servitude and sexual exploitation.

Rohan Ebanks was found guilty of Trafficking in Persons, facilitating Trafficking in Persons and Rape.

He’s sentenced to 16 years in prison and will have to serve 10 years before possibility of parole.

Ebanks was ordered to pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $2 million for medical and psychological treatment and emotional distress.

Venoshia Reeves pleaded guilty in May for the offence of Facilitating Trafficking in Persons and has been sentenced to three years, imprisonment, at hard labour, suspended for 18 months.

She was also fined $50,000 with 2 weeks to pay with one surety. 

The sentencing of the two, follows the recent upgrading Jamaica’s status to a Tier 2 ranking in its efforts against Human Trafficking.