Nigerian Woman Jailed 5 Years For Human Trafficking

An unemployed Nigerian woman has been handed a five-year prison sentence for receiving and transporting two Nigerian teenagers from Accra to Hohoe for sexual exploitation.

Mine Victor, 32, pleaded guilty to all charges leveled against her, after which her explanation could not exonerate her culpability of the charge.

The judge said the court considered that the accused was a first-time offender and said the sentence should serve as a deterrent to others who would like to commit a similar offense.

The court also ordered that the convict be deported to Nigeria after serving her sentence, while the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) takes custody of the victims for repatriation later.

Inspector Rachel Osei Agyapomaa, the prosecutor, told the court that the complainants were police officers from the Hohoe Divisional Night Patrol Team, while the second accused person, popularly known as Cash, is a Nigerian who resides in Madina.

According to the inspector,  about two weeks ago, there was a conversation between one Miracle, a brother of Cash and one of the victims, an 18-year-old Nigerian who was a dancer and a friend to Miracle.

Inspector Agyapomaa said Miracle revealed to the victim that he had a sister in Ghana who was a dancer and needed people like her to do dancing and music business.

The victim expressed interest.

She said, Miracle informed Cash about his conversation with the victim, who agreed to sponsor the transportation of the victim, adding that the victim also informed her 19-year-old friend of the trip, who also agreed to come along.

Inspector Agyapomaa said about weeks ago, Cash sponsored the victims’ journey to Ghana, precisely Madina in Accra, where she stayed.

When the teenagers arrived in Ghana, Cash told them that they were in Ghana to engage in the commercial sex business instead of the music and dance business.

Inspector Agyapomaa said the victims had no choice but to give in to the proposal and on October 8, Cash transferred the two victims to Miracle to be brought to Hohoe, where she thought the ”business could boom”.

She said the convict brought the victims to lodge in a guest house in Hohoe. On October 10, the convict escorted the victims against their will to go and satisfy men sexually for money.

On the same day, the Police had a tip-off on the connection lady called Miracle, got her arrested and rescued the victims.

The convict in her caution statement admitted that she brought the victims to Hohoe for sexual exploitation.

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