Public Prosecutor requesting prison time for illegal brothel operator

PHILIPSBURG:— In the investigation “MUS”, the Public Prosecutor has requested a 36-month prison sentence of which 6 months are conditional and a 2-year probation period for suspect L., accused of operating an illegal brothel.
Investigation “MUS” started following a control of the Juan Bar, where it became evident that illegal prostitution was taking place. This emerged following a violent incident on September 21st, 2017, where an apparent undocumented sex worker at the Juan Bar was thrown out of a car and battered.
Thereafter an in-depth investigation was launched leading to the discovery of additional undocumented sex workers on December 19th, 2017. A total of 7 undocumented women were found to be working in the bar.
The Public Prosecutor also requested forfeiture of seized cash amounts found at the establishment: USD 2,766, NAf 1.515 and 1.550 euro.
The Public Prosecutor pointed out that while the regulation of the adult entertainment industry is still being discussed on a legislative level, such punishment serves to prevent further human trafficking practices. The court will announce the verdict on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018.

Prosecutors Office Press Release.

Source: St. Martin News Network