Woman denies trafficking teenage girl for sexual exploitation

23 Apr 2019 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 23 APR (NAMPA) - A woman on trial in the High Court on charges of human trafficking for allegedly luring a girl from northern Namibia to Okahandja for sexual exploitation, on Tuesday denied any involvement in the matter.
Tuufilwa Ndawina Jonas, 34, faces three counts of trafficking in persons, four counts of rape and one count of attempted rape for allegedly luring a girl aged 15 at the time from Okahenge village in the Omusati Region in 2017 with empty promises of employment.
The girl dropped out of school to go to Okahandja.
Jonas denied any involvement during her defence evidence before High Court Judge Naomi Shivute on Tuesday.
“It is true, I was in the North for a month and two days at Okahenge while visiting my family and I met the then 15-year-old complainant there. But, I never told the complainant to leave school and come to stay with me at a farm in the Okahandja area. I also did not inform the complainant that I will find her a job at the farm where I was staying with my boyfriend at the time or at a salon in Okahandja as she testified before court,” she said.
Jonas also dismissed the complainant's evidence that upon her arrival at the farm, she forced the girl to move in with a certain John Puariune and have sex with him on several occasions against her will as payment for the N.dollars 200 fee for the transport from northern Namibia.
“I also never controlled her movements during her stay at the farm,” she testified.
The girl fell pregnant as a result of the alleged sexual exploitation during her stay at the farm in the Okahandja area.
The trial continues Wednesday when State Advocate Felistas Shikerete-Vendura will cross-examine Jonas in respect of her defence evidence.
Legal Aid-funded defence lawyer Milton Engelbrecht is defending Jonas, who remains in police custody at the Klein Windhoek Police Station with no option to post bail.