A 16-year-old girl in the northern region alleges that she was sold for Rs 1,000 to a 21-year-old man. The case dates back to Tuesday November 1. The alleged pimp would be the mother of her best friend. The suspect and the young man were arrested by the Terre-Rouge police on Monday.
Wendina (modified first name) came out of her silence. The 16-year-old, who attends a northern college, says she is a victim of sexual abuse. She told one of her relatives that she was sexually abused against payment on November 1. The officers of the Child Development Unit (CDU) were alerted. A statement was made on Saturday November 5 at the police station in Terre-Rouge. Two suspects were arrested.
In her complaint, Wendina relates that on the evening of Tuesday November 1, she went to her best friend’s place who lives in the locality. On the spot, Marie Jessica Stéphanie W., the mother of her 30-year-old friend, had asked her to have sex with a man named Curtis S., a 21-year-old resident of Bois-Marchand, against a payment of Rs 1,000. “Curtis inn donn mama mo kamarad Rs 1 000 e linn dir li donn mwa Rs 500.” After handing the Rs 1,000 to Marie Jessica Stéphanie W, Curtis would have led Wendina into a bedroom.
The teenager tells the investigators that Marie Jessica Stéphanie W. never gave her money. “Jessica inn pran tou kas pou li e li pann donn mwa nanye,” she says. After her interrogation, the minor was examined by a police doctor.
On Monday, Marie Jessica Stéphanie W. and Curtis S. were arrested by the Terre-Rouge police. She denied the allegations against her altogether. “Je ne sais pas pourquoi Wendina fait de telles allégations contre moi. Elle est venue chez moi et elle est allée dans la chambre avec Curtis. Je ne sais pas ce qui s’est passé entre eux dans cette chambre,” the suspect told the investigators.
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As for Curtis S., he confessed to having had sexual intercourse with the minor and that she was willing to do so. “Mo finn gagn relasion avek Wendina me pa kont peman, mo ti donn Jessica Rs 1 000 pou aste sigaret,” said the young man to the investigators.
After their interrogation, Marie Jessica Stéphanie W. and Curtis S. appeared before the tribunal of Pamplemousses under a provisional charge of “causing a child to be sexually abused”. To obtain parole, they respectively provided a bond of Rs 5,000 and Rs 7,000.
The investigation, conducted by Inspector Jeetoo, is under the supervision of Chief Inspector Jumun and SP Banarsee.