Guatemalan minor says she was forced into prostitution

A resident of More Tomorrow Village was arrested and charged for Human Trafficking of a Guatemalan minor some two months ago. The 17 year old girl told police that 60 year old Valentine Pop brought her to Belize from Melchor de Mencos when she was only 14 years old and allowed her to live with him in Georgeville Village.  According to reports, the minor was subjected to years of prostitution for which Pop collected from the men who would use the girl. The girl says she was forced to flee and seek police assistance after she became pregnant and the attempted abortion was unsuccessful. The case only came to media attention when Pop applied for Supreme court bail on July 27th.  That bail application was approved at two thousand dollars but Pop was unable to meet it and so remains on remand until his next court session.

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