(Featured Image: Gang member Florence Obadiaru/Credit: dailymail.co.uk)
Three members of a gang are facing Jail after being convicted of bringing a young and vulnerable woman from Nigeria into the UK as a sex slave.
The 23-year-old woman whose identity has been protected was brought into the UK in September 2011 with the promise by her traffickers of a better life in Britain.
The Court heard how the young woman- like so many other victims of human trafficking, and her family had been through rough times after the death of her father in 2008. Understandably, when a woman, Benneditta offered to help the girl by helping her come to the UK to study and work so she could achieve her dream of becoming a nurse, she jumped at the chance.
She was told it would cost her and her family £40, 000 and that she would have to repay it all back to her benefactors.
The woman Beneditta arranged for her to meet one of her facilitators Felix in Lagos, who would prepare a passport for her and travel documents.
The girl, thought to be originally from Benin City in Nigeria travelled to Lagos to meet one of her ‘helpers’, where she was sexually assaulted.
Prosecutor Christopher Ames told the court that when the young woman told Beneditta what had transpired, she was told that ‘she should have expected it’.
The gang also forced the woman to perform juju rituals using hair from her arm pit and pubic area as well as nail clippings. This they said was so she would never be able to run away from them.
The victim still on unaware that her ordeal was far from over followed instructions given to her by Felix on slipping through immigration at Heathrow.
She only found out that her hopes of an education, home and a job would never materialise after she was transferred to the gang in London who would arrange for her transfer to Italy for prostitution.
The gang was made up of one woman Florence Obadiaru, whose son also allegedly groped the woman, and two men Olusoji Oluwafemi and Johnson Olayinka all based in South London.
Unfortunately for the gang, immigration officials detected that the woman was travelling with forged documents and promptly deported her back to the UK.
This triggered off the trail of investigations which led the police to trace the gang’s south London hide out and arrest the trio.
Olusoji Oluwafemi, 44, Johnson Olayinka, 45, and Florence Obadiaru, 48, were convicted of trafficking the woman into the UK for sexual exploitation and arranging for her transfer to Italy. All three deny the charges and sentencing has been adjourned till July 11 at the Old Bailey.