Owner of Jam Dung rearrested and charged for human trafficking

Owner of Jam Dung rearrested and charged for human trafficking

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The owner of Jam Dung Night Club has been rearrested and charged with 5 counts of human trafficking, 5 counts of debt bondage and 5 counts of using the services of trafficking persons.

Cheryl Thompson is expected to appear in the St John’s Magistrate court to answer these charges sometime this week.

In February of this year,  Thompson was charged under the Human Trafficking Act following a raid on her Nevis Street establishment.

The charges extended to using a person being trafficked for sex exploitation, intentionally confiscating workers passports, intentionally using the services of a trafficked person and intentionally benefiting personally from the services of a trafficked person.

Those alleged offences occurred between November 30, 2017 and February 9, 2018.

But after the first trial, Magistrate Joann Walsh dismissed the charges because the prosecution team was not prepared, even after they were given an extra week to do so.

Thompson was set free. However since these charges are indictable there is no statute of limitation and so the police have re-charged the woman.

This is not the first time Thompson has been concerned with human trafficking.  In fact, in 2011, the police charged her with over 40 human trafficking related offences.

During their investigations the police found 17 passports belonging to Jamaican nationals at Thompson’s Paradise View home.

However, the charges were dismissed in 2014, after her lawyer challenged the law guiding the penalties under the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention) Act.

Based on the legislation, the High Court ultimately declared her charges as applied to be unlawful.

The act was amended in 2015 to remedy the breach.