Sheku Fornah was sent on remand at the Male Correctional Center on Pademba Road in Freetown, after he was arraigned before Magistrate Hannah Bonnie at the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 1 on Pademba Road in Freetown, on allegation of human trafficking. Fornah was charged with human trafficking contrary to law. It was alleged that Fornah collected the sum of Le 9 million form one Balu Kargbo, on the promise of sending her to Pakistan. Fornah demanded for the sum of Le 9 million for the entire process knowing the same to be false. In her testimony in court, Kargbo said, Fornah came to her on a date she could not remember, and intimate her with a certain travel opportunity to travel to Pakistan. Kargbo expressed interest and agree to pay the sum of Le 5 million. Fornah later asked for a million Leones for Kargbo’s travelling passport. Kargbo also collected the sum of Le 300, 000 for medical, after an initial sum of $ 100 for visa and travelling ticket. Kargbo revealed that Fornah handed her to another man named Nicole, who received her in Guinea where he was going to use as a transit point to Pakistan. Kargbo said, she spent almost two months in Guinea before she could travel to her expected destination. “To my greatest surprise, I found myself in a country that is not Pakistan. I was exposed to hard labor, and that was not our initial bargain. So, I decided to return, but when I asked for my salary where I was working, the money they paid me was pittance. I could not even use it to buy ticket to fly home.” Kargbo lamented.
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Kargbo disclosed that it was her elder sister who had helped her with some money when she wanted to travel that helped her with return ticket transport. “Upon arrival, I reported the matter to the police, and the matter was subsequently charged to court. State Counsel, A Fisher prosecuted the matter, whiles the defense lawyer was M M Tejan. During cross-examination, lawyer Tejan argued that his client is a chicken seller, and does not have an office for overseas programs. He also argued that it was not the accused that put her in a vehicle to Guinea, and did not take her to the airport, but a man named Nicole. Lawyer Tejan requested for bail, pursuant to Section 79(2) of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965. He said, the accused has reliable sureties who are able and willing to enter into his client’s cognizance. Magistrate Hannah Bonnie refused bail, and adjourned the matter to the 3rd December 2019.
By Sulaiman Karim Sesay
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