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Dec 5, 2018

Accused of Human Trafficking, Honduran Woman Denied Bail

Arthur Saldivar

Also in the Supreme Court, a Honduran woman, who is accused of human trafficking, was denied bail by Justice Colin Williams. Lourdes Guerrero Moreno is accused of making a thirty-six-year-old woman a victim of human trafficking. Moreno has been living in Belize for several years in a common-law-relationship. These factors were not sufficient enough for Justice Williams to offer bail. Moreno was represented by attorney Arthur Saldivar who offered the court, on behalf of his client, fifteen thousand dollars in cash for bail, but that was rejected.

 

Arthur Saldivar, Attorney

“I believe that given the connotation and the gravity of the charge, that in of itself would move the court to consider  seriously whether or not bail would have been granted. We understand the concept is at human trafficking is tantamount to modern day slavery. Nobody condones that type of thing. But of course from my point of view it is an allegation that has been made here and an allegation is not the bases for which a person is to be punished.  Suffice to say I am not saying that she is being punished now but there are other factors that went into the refusal. My client is not a Belizean person. She is from Honduras. Although she has a common law husband here that is not sufficient ties to the country from the judge’s point of view for him to make that step that he can trust you will be here for court whenever it is called if I were to grant you bail. So on that bases I understand the fairness of the process and I believe it was fair.”

 

Reporter

“Were you surprise when your offer of fifteen thousand dollars cash to be held by the court for your client to obtain bail was refused by the judge?”

 

Arthur Saldivar

“No. I was not surprise. It is not the first time that an offer has been made to put up cash bond in this particular instance. I do commend the judge for taking the time he took to consider the matter. He did not summarily dismiss the matter on first occasion. He gave time to check the offers that were made because ultimately then again a person’s liberty is very important. I do believe that my client is not guilty of the offence that she has been charge with. There are other factors that went in to what was done there and that is more appropriate for a court to hear so I won’t delve in to that here and now but I do believe she will be exonerated from these charges.”

 

The matter was adjourned to January 2019.

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