15 Apr 2019

Tongan couple convicted of forced labour

12:30 pm on 15 April 2019

A Tongan couple has been found guilty of forcing a Fijian woman to work as a servant in their suburban Brisbane home for eight years.

Malavine Pulini was found guilty of trafficking and forced labour on Friday.

Her husband, Isikeli Pulini, was also convicted of the forced labour offence but he was found not guilty of trafficking.

The couple had pleaded guilty on Thursday to harbouring an unlawful citizen but denied the human trafficking and forced labour charges.

They will be sentenced at a later date.