loopjamaica.com- A Clarendon man, Aston Alcock, was sentenced to five years in prison in the Clarendon Circuit Court on Friday, May 24, for trafficking in persons, and three years for having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years.
The sentences are to run concurrently.
On April 3, 2019, Alcock, who is of a Clarendon address, pleaded guilty to trafficking in persons and sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years.
The allegations were that in January 2015, the mother of a 13-year-old girl of a Kingston address reported the child missing at the Denham Town Police Station, and an investigation was launched into the child’s whereabouts.
The investigations revealed that the teenager was lured by a stranger to another parish, where she was being sexually exploited.
In April 2015, she met a police officer who questioned her and was able to ascertain where she lived, and to obtain a telephone number for her mother, who was contacted and reunited with the child.
Further investigations into the matter led to the arrest of Alcock in Central Village, St Catherine in August 2015. On September 3, 2015, he was charged with the offences of having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years, and later charged with the offence of trafficking in persons, following a ruling from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The latest conviction was the sixth since the enactment of the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Suppression and Punishment) Act, 2007, and the first conviction since the law was amended in 2018 to allow for trial by a judge alone.