NAMIBIA: TRAFFICKING/NBC/8/5/18 SABANews 1
WINDHOEK – The WINDHOEK High Court in NAMIBIA has delayed to FOUR JUNE the trial of a woman facing charges of human trafficking and sexual exploitation of a minor.
NBC News says Judge NAOMI SHIVUTE has made the decision to allow the State to arrange for a victim-friendly court.
It says TUUFILWA NDAWINA JONAS (32) allegedly deceived a 15-year-old girl from OKAHENGE Village in the northern region of OMUSATI with promises of employment.
She allegedly took the child to OKAHANDJA City in OTJOZONDJUPA Region, Central NAMIBIA, 70 kilometres north of the capital, WINDHOEK.
The State claims the suspect forced the 15-year-old to move in with JOHN PUARIUNE as his sex partner, to cover for her bus fare of 200 NAMIBIA dollars (about 16 US dollars).
Ms JONAS allegedly also took the minor to another house to live with yet another man, and the kid fell pregnant.
Earlier media reports say the accused approached the schoolgirl in APRIL 2012 and convinced her to leave school so as to take up a job available in OKAHANDJA City.
The NAMIBIAN newspaper says Ms JONAS had allegedly promised to get a girl for Mr PUARIUNE, the FIRST man to rape the minor in this case.
Judge SHIVUTE has set the trial to run from the FOURTH to the 14TH of next month, while Ms JONAS remains in custody at the KLEIN WINDHOEK Police Station holding cells.
The country reportedly is a place of origin, transit, and destination for foreign and local children as well as women, and possibly for men, trafficked for forced labour and forced prostitution.
NAMIBIAN rural women and children, even orphans, are the most exposed to traffickers who lure them to urban centres and commercial farms with promises of genuine work for good wages they may never receive./Sabanews/cam