People smuggling, prostitution couple facing 30 years , $1m fine if found guilty

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A FILIPINO woman and Cameroonian man were charged by the High Court yesterday with multiple counts of people smuggling and prostitution-related offences.

The defendants, Clydeelyn H Zacal, 32, and Francis Viban Bayong, 29, are facing up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million, if convicted under the Trafficking and Smuggling of Persons Order.

The first defendant, Clydeelyn, was charged with three counts of people smuggling; three counts of hiring persons for prostitution, and two counts of allowing her premises to be used as a brothel.

Francis was charged with one count of people smuggling; two counts of allowing his premises to be used as a brothel; and one count of driving without an appropriate licence.

According to court documents, the duo facilitated the illegal entry of two Filipino women into Brunei from neighbouring Malaysia in 2012 and 2013. They also hired the women to act as prostitutes at premises in Kg Salambigar and Kg Mentiri.

The High Court will hear the defendants’ bail application on August 4. The duo is currently being held at Jerudong Prison.

The Brunei Times