D.P.P.’s successful human trafficking conviction
The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is cracking down on accused human traffickers and today sealed the third conviction for this year. Thirty-five year old Estella Pinelo was first arrested in May 2010 when a fourteen year old girl was removed from her resort in San Ignacio and handed over to Human Development Officers. The minor was kept against her will for five months and was forced into prostitution while she worked at the resort without pay. In court today, Pinelo was found guilty of Trafficking in Persons and was fined ten thousand dollars. She escaped prison time because she has a four month old baby. D.P.P. Cheryl-Lynn Vidal prosecuted the case while the defendant was represented by Attorney Bryan Neal.