Three Nigerians, Olusoji Oluwafemi, Johnson Olayinka and Florence Obadiaru have been jailed in Britain for human trafficking.
The three human smugglers were jailed for a total of 13 years for trafficking a woman for sexual exploitation and arranging for her transfer to Italy
Olusoji Oluwafemi, 44, Johnson Olayinka, 45, and Florence Obadiaru, 48, were described by United Kingdom’s Daily Mail as “the London connection in a global trafficking conspiracy”.
Mastermind and counterfeiter Oluwafemi, who coordinated the British side of the operation, was jailed for six-and-a-half years.
Johnson Olayinka, 45, who collected the victim from Heathrow and organised her false UK passport, was jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Florence Obadiaru, 48, who kept the victim at her home in London for two-and-a-half weeks before she left for Italy, was jailed for two years.
Sentencing them, the judge, Rebecca Poulet said, “This was a sophisticated and carefully planned operation in Nigeria which must have cost a considerable amount of money to the traffickers.
“The expected returns were also considerable. She was subjected to a juju ritual with the threat of death. She would have been forced into controlled prostitution as she had no possible way in which she could conceivably support herself in Italy”.
It was reported that they deceived a 23-year-old lady into flying to Heathrow on a fake passport with the promise of education, a job and a new home.
However upon arriving, she was raped, beaten and subjected to a ‘juju’ ritual before being sent to Italy where she was forced to prostitute on the streets.
The victim’s terrible ordeal was only uncovered when officials in Milan spotted her forged passport and sent her back to London where she was saved by police.
Investigators believed the 23-year-old victim, whose communication in English was barely passable, was one of many victims of the Nigeria-based organised crime group.
The trio was in constant contact with a shadowy ‘fixer’ woman who prowled poor Nigerian villages looking for young women to exploit.
The woman, who remains at the centre of an international manhunt, also supplied woman to another crime gang that was smashed last year. Agency report