Haitian claims she was victim of human trafficking
A magistrate yesterday ordered the deportation of two Haitian nationals who committed separate immigration violations.
When she appeared before Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux, Alena Fenise admitted to remaining in the country five months past the time given to her by an immigration officer when she arrived on August 21, 2018.
Fenise did not seek to get her visa extended and was arrested in Abaco on February 18 for overstaying, the court heard.
Speaking through an interpreter, Fenise suggested that she had been the victim of human trafficking. She said that the unidentified person who brought her to the country promised her that she would attend university.
But she later learned that people only brought you to the country “to be a servant”.
She continued, “He gave me a boyfriend and I did not agree. So, he said I was going to jail because he had already paid for me. That’s the reason I’m here.”
Also appearing in the same court was Marco Joseph, who pleaded guilty to illegal landing.
A police officer arrested Joseph in the South Beach area on February 20 and turned him over to immigration.
Following a check of their database, it was discovered that Joseph had entered the country illegally.