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Prosecution closes in trafficking case

The prosecution on Tuesday closed its case against a Dominican woman accused of human trafficking.

Dominican Sobeyda Reyes, also known as Sobeyda Scrivens, has been in custody since her arrest in August 2019 on accusations that she tricked a 22-year-old into thinking that she would work as a babysitter.

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

Instead, Reyes allegedly seized her passport and pimped her out to clients and kept the money.

The court concluded watching a police interview with Reyes in which she replied “no comment” to most of the questions asked of her.

The alleged trafficking victim did not immediately go to police after she escaped her captor and regained possession of her passport.

She relied on the kindness of strangers as she tried to head home.

Police became involved after the woman was arrested along with a Colombian woman on Abaco.

Prosecutors allege that Reyes, of West Bay Street, trafficked the Venezuelan national, conspired to traffic her and unlawfully withheld her passport.

She has denied the charges.

The case continues on February 26 before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.

Eucal Bonaby is prosecuting and Owen Wells represents Reyes.

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Artesia Davis

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

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