Thirty three year old Rosa Anita Garcia, Guatemalan National and owner of Dominguez Bar located on Otro Benque Road, Orange Walk Town, will be spending Christmas and New Years behind bars. Today, Garcia was hauled to the Orange Walk Magistrates Court where she was charged for sexual exploitation and forced labor under the trafficking in persons act, by the Orange Walk Police Department. Since the matter is an indictable one, Garcia was denied bail and remanded to prison until January 27th 2016.
Garcia faces a slew of offences as she has also been charged with failure to comply with conditions of a visitor’s permit, to which she pled guilty for not undergoing a monthly renewal of her permit and failure to comply with conditions subject to which a permit has been granted, to which she pled not guilty in relation to allegations that she had been illegally engaged in employment here in Belize, by the Immigration Department.
While Garcia will spend time behind bars until her next court date, the two women who made the report against her will remain under the care of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Council until the case is over.
As previously reported, Garcia was detained after police conducted a raid at Dominguez Bar where they found a mother and daughter, ages 48 and 27 of Guatemalan Nationality, being held against their will.
The women told police that Garcia brought them to Belize under deception. They were told that they were going to work at a fast food establishment, but ended up at the bar where they were forced to sell beer and drink with clients. One of the females also accused Garcia of forcing her to have sex with strangers on two occasions.
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