Thursday 22 November, 2018

MoBay computer programmer pleads guilty to human trafficking

The computer programmer's troubles began with a social media encounter an 18-year-old student had with him last January.

The computer programmer's troubles began with a social media encounter an 18-year-old student had with him last January.

A computer programmer from St James is in big trouble with the law.

Keron Lucien Watson, 34, of Providene Heights in the volatile Flanker community in Montego Bay has been arrested and charged with breaches of the Trafficking in Persons Act and possession of ammunition, for which he appeared in the St James Parish Court last week.

Watson, who is otherwise called ‘Shane’, was charged with human trafficking, facilitating trafficking in person, and living on the earnings of prostitution, along with the ammunition offence.

He pleaded guilty in court and was remanded in custody until June 21.

His troubles began with a social media encounter an 18-year-old student had with him last January.

In a subsequent report to the police, the student alleged that she met Watson on a social media website, and accepted a friend request from him.

The student reported being told by Watson that he could get her into a modelling agency, following which a meeting was agreed upon between the two individuals.

The student said she visited Watson's house in Flanker, where she was held against her will and forced to have sex, including lewd acts, with various men in exchange for money.

The proceeds of her allegedly forced sexual activities were reportedly collected by Watson.

The alleged sexual acts were filmed, according to investigators, and Watson reportedly released the videos and images on a number of social media websites. 

On April 30, the police conducted an operation at Watson's house, where electronic devices, cameras, a number of documents and a 9-millimetre cartridge were reportedly seized.

The teenager has since been placed in a protective home.