Nigerian businesswoman remanded for human trafficking

arrestAn Accra Circuit Court remanded a Nigerian businesswoman into police custody, for allegedly transporting four girls from Nigeria to Ghana, to engage them in prostitution.

The suspect, Blessing Atia, who is being held on four counts of human trafficking, has pleaded not guilty.

She supposedly collected the victims’ panties, pubic and armpit hair, and threatened them that if they refused to work for her, they would go mad.

Atia, who is to reappear before court on September 18, also demanded GH¢4,00 each from the girls, claiming the amount was cost she incurred in transporting them to Ghana.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) C.K. Abadamlora told the court, presided over by Mrs Jane Harriet Akweley Quaye that two of the complainants are victims, one unemployed and the other a hairdresser, and the suspect reside at Kata Hostel in Accra.

DSP Abadamlora said in June, this year, Atia travelled to Nigeria and met two of the victims in a salon, and promised to bring them to Ghana to work as sales girls in her boutique.

According to prosecution, Atia also promised to pay them GH¢400.00 each, monthly.

The court heard that on June 15, this year the victim arrived in Ghana and Atia hosted them at Kata Hostel for two days.

Prosecution said Atia took the victims to Bigot, a spot near Lapaz, Accra, forced them to prostitution, and they made GH¢600 each for her.

DSP Abadamlora indicated that on August 30, this year, Atia informed the auntie of the two other victims that she needed them to run her boutique in Ghana.

He said Atia paid their transportation and they joined her at Kata Hostel, where she lived.

The victims, after engaging in prostitution for some time, demanded to return to Nigeria, but Atia refused, according to prosecution.

On August 30, this year, two of the girls informed a policeman about their ordeal, and Atia was arrested at Kaneshie in Accra.

DSP Abadamlor said two other victims were rescued at the Kata Hostel, and the police also retrieved victms’ panties, pubic and armpit hair, eight condoms and two personal lubricants from Atia. – GNA.

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