Crime

‘Sold For Sex’ Trial: Investigating Officer Takes Stand In Trial

Detective Corporal, Arieta Buidei told the court that in July 2015, she was on standby at the Human Trafficking unit at the Criminal Investigations Department headquarters in Suva when she learnt of the case.
03 Dec 2019 13:12
‘Sold For Sex’ Trial: Investigating Officer Takes Stand In Trial
Josevata Werelagi.

The investigating officer in the alleged sex-work trial, took the stand at the High Court in Suva before Justice Daniel Goundar yesterday.

She is the prosecution’s third and final witness in the case of Josevata Werelagi, 35, also known as Josie.

He is facing three counts of domestic trafficking in children and one count of aggravated sexual servitude.

Detective Corporal, Arieta Buidei told the court that in July 2015, she was on standby at the Human Trafficking unit at the Criminal Investigations Department headquarters in Suva when she learnt of the case.

She told the court that she was the investigating officer in the case.

She said she started investigating from the initial, surveillance, further enquiries on the case, complainant’s statement and processing the accused with his caution interview and charges.

Corporal Buidei told the court that the accused was caution interviewed in March 2016, however, the complainant’s statement was taken in July, 2015.

She said the surveillance took place from the hotspots in Nausori to Rewa Street and hotspots in Suva City.

She highlighted to the court that the hotspots were the Gospel High School bus stop in Rewa Street where, she alleged, that the prostitutes operated.

Corporal Buidei read the caution interview statement of Werelagi in the trial yesterday.

Werelagi allegedly said in his caution interview that the complainant had informed him that she could not go home as there were a few misunderstandings at her home.

In the caution interview, Werelagi said that he carried out sex work from the Gospel bus stop in exchange for money. In his caution, Werelagi said he never took the complainant to the bus stop to make her do sex work.

He allegedly said in the interview that he did not work with her and also revealed that the complainant had alleged that a taxi driver offered her $35 for sex.

The trial continues before Justice Goundar today. Werelagi is remanded in custody.

Edited by Percy Kean

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