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Filipina, 29, denies persuading woman to be prostitute
Published on: Thursday, March 08, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: A 29-year-old Filipina charged with encouraging and influencing another Filipina to be a prostitute, maintained her innocence.

Hadiya Eman maintained her plea of not guilty before Sessions Court Judge Noor Hafizah Mohd Salim when the amended charge against her was read, Wednesday.

The court ordered Hadiya's trial to be continued.

Hadiya is accused of persuading the woman to solicit for the purpose of prostitution at 8.40pm on Nov 4 this year at a room in a hotel in Bandaran Berjaya, here.

The offence under Section 372A of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to 15 years, and liability of a fine, on conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Dinesh Raja appeared for the prosecution while Hadiya was not represented.

Meanwhile, 27 people were jailed four and six months for illegal entry and overstaying in the State.

Sessions Court Judge Azreena Aziz handed the sentence to the people aged between 18 and 50, after they pleaded guilty to the charge against them.

Four of them were sent to prison for five and six months for staying in the State after their passports were expired.

The rest were jailed four and five months for entering the State without any valid documents.

The court also handed a stroke of the cane to the men except, for the young offenders.

In their mitigation, they told the court that they had been staying in the State without valid documents between three and seven months.

Some of them had worked as contract workers, labourers, carpenters and vegetable sellers while they were in the State.

After completing their jail sentence, they were ordered referred to the Immigration Department and their biometric data to be taken before their deportation to their country. - Cynthia D Baga

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