Published: 2021-05-26 15:07
Last Updated: 2023-03-23 16:13
Wednesday, the Grand Criminal Court announced the acquittal of two defendants accused of human trafficking and attempted human trafficking, who had been accused of exploiting domestic workers for permission to flee from the homes of their sponsors.
According to Public Prosecution, the human trafficking felony was charged to the first defendant who works in a domestic worker service company, while the second defendant, a delivery driver was charged with involvement with human trafficking.
In its decision, the court stated that the Public Prosecution had referred the defendants to trial for each of the accusations assigned to them at the beginning of the ruling on the basis of statements which stipulated that the first defendant was working in a private company in eastern Amman.
He was bringing in domestic helpers of Bengali nationality to Jordan. They would come to Jordan on the behalf of their assigned sponsors and later would help them to flee from the homes of their employers.
The first defendant would then exploit these domestic workers to work in different homes on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis in exchange for a sum of money that he receives.
Exploited domestic worker witnesses and witnesses of the prosecution gave testimonies to the public prosecutor.
Additionally, the first defendant would send the maids to homes through the second accused - who was fully aware of the exploitation - in return for financial gain.
In its decision, the court stated that the evidence presented failed to prove any involvement of the defendants, due to claims from both parties stating they do not know each other.
The defendants denied all charges.
Therefore they were proven innocent due to lack of supporting evidence.