Last month 64-year-old, Honduran national Estela Gonzalez was found guilty of human trafficking. Gonzalez escaped jail time and was instead given a fifty thousand dollar fine to pay. Two doctors gave testimonies that Gonzalez is suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and urinary tract infection which were taken into consideration and thus she was only fined. Acording to CEO in the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation & Poverty, Judith Alpuche, she was was very disappointed at the outcome of the case.
The case against Gonzalez stems from a case where a 15-year-old was brought to Belize City from Honduras by Gonzalez on August 18, 2013. The teenager testified that she was introduced to Gonzalez who offered to take her to Belize City. She said that when she arrived in Belize City she visited a business establishment and she contacted Gonzalez by telephone and she went to Gonzalez house. She said she was asked what kind of work she wanted to do and she told Gonzalez she wanted to work in a beauty salon. She said Gonzalez took her to Temptation Bar where she had sexual intercourse with three men on three different occasions. She said each of the men paid Gonzalez one hundred and fifty dollars for her services and after paying the house fifty dollars for each man, Gonzalez gave her a total of twenty five dollars.