Sex-trafficking Case Reopens in Tucumán

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In Tucumán this morning, the mother of Marita Verón started the process of giving evidence for the last time on her daughter’s case.

The sex-trafficking trial was suspended last Tuesday when a defendant had to have an operation and wasn’t able to attend. The case started again this morning when Verón’s mother Susana Trimarco was cross-examined.

Verón was in her early 20s when she disappeared in 2002. Trimarco says  a powerful sex-trafficking network operating in Tucumán kidnapped her daughter. There are currently 13 defendants standing on trial, accused of involvement in her disappearance.

As the main witness in the case, Trimarco started answering defense lawyers’ questions today. They want to prove that the young Véron left of her own volition and was not in fact kidnapped.

They are also trying to undermine Trimarco’s testimonies, highlighting contradictions in the accounts she has already given.

“A lot of years have gone by and there are details that I don’t remember, but everything I say, I say in good faith.” Trimarco said in court today.

The first of the lawyers to question her was Cergio Morfil, representing the brothers María Jesús and Victor Rivero. Morfil started the day by announcing that he had over 100 questions to ask Trimarco.

The courts are keen to finish with her testimony as soon as possible so they can start with more than 100 witnesses who are reportedly still to testify on the case.

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