31 May 2011

Chinese trafficker jailed in Tonga

9:54 am on 31 May 2011

A Chinese woman, convicted late last month in Tonga's Supreme Court on human trafficking charges, has been jailed for ten years.

Lirong Liu had been convicted on seven counts - four of trafficking persons into Tonga, one of keeping a brothel and two for trading in prostitution.

Matangi Tonga reports Justice Robert Shuster, in sentencing Lirong, saying it's a heinous offence to traffic a person for prostitution.

He told the court that human trafficking is a degrading activity and brings misery to others.

Lirong had removed the passports from Chinese immigrants to Tonga and forced them into prostitution.