Nigerian jailed for human trafficking

A Nigerian has been sentenced to five years imprisonment in hard labour for recruiting, transporting and trafficking four girls to Kumasi for engagement in commercial sex.

Grace Daniel, 29, was said to have brought the girls to Ghana without their parents’ consent under the pretext of finding jobs for them.

Prior to bringing them to Ghana, Grace was said to have taken the girls to a shrine in Nigeria to swear that they would not escape on reaching Ghana.

Grace initially, pleaded not guilty to the charge of human trafficking contrary to section (1) and (2) of Act 694 of 2005 as amended by Act 724 of 2009, but, later pleaded guilty, and the court, presided over by Mrs Anima Marfo, sentenced her on her own plea.

Pronouncing the sentence, Mrs. Marfo ordered the accused to pay GH¢200 to each of the five victims and should be deported after serving her sentence.

The complainants, according to the prosecution, was the Police Anti-Human Trafficking Unit and that the accused lived at Asokwa, in Kumasi.

According to the prosecution the unit, had information that the accused had trafficked four people, Chidinma Ogushie, Gifty Onuoha,Nancy Okoye and Binyelum Emegwalibe from Nigeria to Kumasi and were engaged in commercial sex work.

Grace, according to the prosecution told the victims that she owned a shop in Ghana engaged in the sale of shoes, and therefore needed them to help her in the shop.

But in Kumasi, Grace was said to have forced the girls into prostitution which Emegwalibe objected to resulting in her being severely beaten which attracted some neighbours who called the Unit to the rescue the victims, and the subsequent arrest of Grace.

From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi

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