(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – A FORMER Petrotrin employee appeared before the court for offences of child prostitution related to a Venezuelan national.
Obawole “Ovad” Biddeau, 32, of San Fernando, yesterday appeared before San Fernando Senior Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor.
Charges that he caused a child to become a prostitute, controlled a child prostitute, received financial benefit from trafficking a child, transported a child for prostitution and harboured a child for the purpose of exploitation were read to him. The offence allegedly occurred in March 2019.
The 16-year-old has since been placed in protective custody.
Biddeau was charged by Constable Timothy of the Police Service Counter Trafficking Unit.
Police prosecutor Cleyon Seedan prosecuted in the matter.
Biddeau was represented by attorney Kelston Pope, who petitioned the court for bail for his client, saying that Biddeau had no previous convictions.
Connor placed him on $200,000 bail with the condition that he has no contact with the alleged victim, surrender his passport and report to the police station once a week.
The matter was adjourned to March 31.
Biddeau was arrested on Carnival Monday after police officers searched his home.
He was charged last weekend following instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.