Couple Accused Of Trafficking Woman Into Forced Labour For 8 Years
A Fijian woman who was allegedly trafficked into forced labour for a Brisbane couple is expected to face cross-examination in a Queensland court.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, spoke through tears in the Brisbane District Court on Monday while giving evidence about the eight years she allegedly worked on call around the clock for a couple.
The accused couple, Isikeli Feleatoua Pulini and Malavine Pulini, are on trial for human trafficking and forced labour offences in relation to allegedly bringing the woman to work in their Brisbane home for about $250 per fortnight from 2008 to 2016.
The couple pleaded not guilty to the trafficking and forced labour charges on Monday but guilty to harbouring an unlawful non-citizen.
In his opening address, crown prosecutor Ben Power told the court the woman lived hidden from plain sight, with neighbours oblivious of her alleged forced labour in suburban Brisbane.
The woman gave evidence for more than two hours on Monday.
The jury is yet to hear from the defence, who are expected to cross-examine the woman on Tuesday.
The trial is expected to continue for most of the week.
Feature Image: Isikeli Feleatoua Pulini (left) and Malavine Pulini (right) are seen arriving at the Brisbane District Court, in Brisbane. Photo: AAP