Trial starts today for St Andrew shopkeeper on human trafficking charges
St Andrew shopkeeper Nadine Pitt is to stand trial today on a charge of human trafficking.
Pitt, who is out on bail, is accused of harbouring a teenage girl and benefiting from money the teen received from prostitution.
The matter is being heard in the Home Circuit Court.
It is alleged that in 2004, the teenage girl, who was 13 years old at the time, ran away from home in St Andrew.
When she returned home four days later, the girl reportedly told her father that she was at Pitt's home.
In 2006, the girl again ran away.
However, when her father and the police went to Pitt's home they did not find her.
The girl got pregnant in 2007 when she was 16 years old and following a dispute with her then boyfriend, she went to a police station to make a report.
It was then discovered that she had been reported as a missing child.
On being questioned by the police, the girl allegedly said that from 2006 she had been living with Pitt.
The girl reportedly told the police that the woman would force her to perform sexual favours with men and demand half of any money she made from prostitution.
Pitt was arrested and charged in July 2009.
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