Sex trafficking victim was treated for STDs

A Venezuelan woman who prosecutors say was forced into prostitution was treated for two sexually transmitted diseases, a court heard yesterday.

Prosecutors say that Dominican Sobeyda Reyes, also known as Sobeyda Scrivens, tricked the 22-year-old into thinking that she would work as a babysitter.

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

Reyes, who is on remand, has denied the allegations of human trafficking at her trial before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.

The crimes were allegedly committed between December 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019.

Dr. Kevin Simmons testified yesterday that he examined the woman on February 7, 2019 and observed tenderness to her genitals and a vaginal discharge.

Based on his observations, Simmons said he prescribed medicine to treat a yeast infection, gonorrhea and chlamydia.

In response to a question from the court, Simmons said he was unable to say when the woman had contracted the diseases.

The court heard that the woman eventually retrieved her passport and escaped her captors.

She relied on the kindness of strangers with whom she communicated through a translating app on her phone.

The woman said a Colombian woman offered to help her get home.

The stranger paid her way to Abaco and gave her the phone contact for a man, who would help her get back to Venezuela.

However, the man never answered. Through providence she met another Spanish speaking woman who gave her shelter and food.

The woman said they were both detained by immigration on the island and they were later brought to New Providence.

After questioning, officials took her to see a doctor, the woman recalled.

The case continues.

Eucal Bonaby and Mark Penn are prosecuting on behalf of the DPP. 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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