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Dominican charged with human trafficking

A 37-year-old Dominican accused of restricting another woman’s movements and exploiting her appeared in court yesterday.

Prosecutors allege that Sobeyda Garcia Reyes, also known as Soybeda Scrivens, of West Bay Street, trafficked the 23-year-old Venezuelan national, conspired to traffic her and unlawfully withheld her passport.

The offenses allegedly took place between December 1, 2018, and January 31, 2019.

Speaking through a Spanish interpreter, Reyes elected summary trial and pleaded not guilty to the charges at her arraignment before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.

Reyes was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services because the court lacks jurisdiction to consider bail for the offenses.

Reyes, however, was advised of her right to seek bail in the Supreme Court.

Reyes, who is represented by Ryszard Humes, will learn which magistrate will hear her case when she returns to court on August 21.

Samantha Miah prosecuted.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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