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Jamaican dancers slapped with immigration charges in the Bahamas

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) — A judge slapped four Jamaican women with various immigration charges when they appeared in court here on Tuesday.

The women, Shamara Shantell Francis, 26; Affrikkca Ezinma Walters, 22; Stepheny Alkila Wright, 38; and Nerdeen Curdela Pryce-King, 32, were charged with illegally engaging in gainful occupation.

The police report that on July 13, the women were found at a lounge employed as entertainers without being granted work permits.

They all pleaded guilty and were fined the maximum of US$3,000 each or in default, serve six months in prison.

Additionally, Walters and Pryce-King were charged with overstaying their visitor's status.

They both pleaded guilty and were fined US$3,000 each or in default, serve six months in prison.

The other women were also ordered deported on payment of the fine or completion of their custodial sentence.

The sentences are to run concurrently.

The judge also charged Lincoln Leon Capron, the Bahamian owner of the club – Liquid Lounge – with employing the women without being granted a work permit by the director of immigration in accordance with Section 30 of the Immigration Act.

Capron was also charged with harbouring an undocumented migrant.

It is alleged that on July 13, Capron was accused of deliberately intending to evade apprehension by the Immigration Department and knowingly harboured two people — Walters and Pryce-King — at Liquid Lounge.

However, he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The matter was adjourned for trial until August 10.

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