A young woman last week faced the Corporate Area Parish Court for allegedly pimping two underage minors who were reported missing from their home in Portland.
The 23-year-old vendor of Denham Town, West Kingston, Mary-Ann Downie, was arrested on February 1 and charged with child trafficking, living off the earnings of prostitution, and having in her possession a child in need of protection and care.
According to allegations, police acting on information went to her home where it was reported that two 13-year-old minors were staying and arrested Downie, who had been allegedly harbouring the teens.
Reports are that the accused carried the two girls all over the community to have s*x with men in return for money, which she then used for her own benefit.
Last Thursday when the matter was mentioned, Downie’s lawyer, Tanya Scarlett, who sought bail for the accused, told Senior Parish Judge Andrea Pettigrew-Collins that Downie had no previous conviction and that she was not a flight risk.
She also told the court that Downie was two months pregnant.
The accused was subsequently offered bail in the sum of $300,000 on condition that she reports to the Denham Town Police Station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and surrenders her travel documents.
She is scheduled to return to court on March 20.