Woman on five counts of procuring females for prostitution

A woman who was charged for procuring females in Guyana to become prostitutes was yesterday placed on $1M bail after she appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.

The allegation is that between March and  June 29 at  Club Copa Cabana which is located at Lot 33 Cummings Street, Alberttown, Georgetown, Maria Do Soeona procured the five women to become common prostitutes.

Attorney James Bond who represented the accused made an application for bail on the grounds that the woman whois 39 years old is the mother of three children. He added that Soeona  who has been living in Guyana for seven years has been operating the club for almost five months and is also a businesswoman with a number of businesses, including financing a  dredge operation.

Police Corporal Venetta Pindar had no objection to bail but asked the court that it be granted at a substantial sum to ensure that the woman returns to court to stand trial and that the defendant lodge her passport at the Brickdam Police Station.

The prosecution further requested that the accused reports to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Head Office every Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 hrs.

The woman who was placed on $200,000 bail for each of the offences is expected to return to court on October 22.

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