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St James man on human trafficking charge allegedly used social media to lure student

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2017 | 5:15 PM

The 34-year-old St James computer programmer arrested last month on human trafficking charges is to make his second court appearance on June 21.

The accused, Keron Lucien Watson otherwise called ‘Shane’ of Providence Heights, Flanker, St James, remains in jail.

He was arrested following a complaint by an 18-year-old female student that he used social media to lure her to meet him in January 2017 under the guise that he would be providing a modelling opportunity for her.

The complainant reported that on meeting Watson, she was held against her will at his Flanker home and forced to carry out lewd and sexual acts with various males, in exchange for money.

According to the complainant, the acts were videotaped and photographed and the proceeds from the transaction handed to Watson.

It is alleged that Watson released the videos and images on at least two popular social media websites.

In April, the police raided Watson’s house and seized a 9 mm cartridge, documents and electronic devices including a camera.

Watson was taken into custody and later charged with possession of ammunition to which he pleaded guilty.

Last month, he was also charged with three counts of human trafficking; facilitating trafficking in persons; and living on the earnings of prostitution.

In the meantime, the 18-year-old complainant has been placed in a victim shelter.