Two jailed in human trafficking case

07/11/2014

A woman has been jailed for eight years and a man for two years at Cardiff Crown Court, after being found guilty of offences connected with the trafficking of Nigerian women into the UK for sexual exploitation.

Lizzy Idahosa was sentenced two eight years, after being found guilty last month of trafficking women to and around the UK, inciting prostitution and money laundering.
 
Her partner, Jackson Omoruyi, was jailed for two years after a jury found him guilty of two money laundering offences.
 
The offences related to the trafficking of two Nigerian women who were brought into the UK several years ago by Idahosa, before being moved to various locations in England and Wales to work in the sex trade. Both victims said that before travelling to London they had been subjected to 'juju' rituals in Nigeria in which they ate snails and snakes, had their hair shaved, drank dirty water and were cut with a razor.
 
On arrival, Idahosa told the women they each owed £50,000 for passage to the UK and they or their families in Nigeria would be harmed if the 'debt' was not repaid.

After sentencing Nicola Rees, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales Complex Casework Unit, said:

"Todays sentencing brings to a close a disturbing case involving the exploitation of two vulnerable victims. These two young women were deceived, controlled and abused. They were treated as commodities by Lizzy Idahosa and Jackson Omoruyi.

"We know that traffickers specifically target those in positions of vulnerability. We also know that they can operate within and around our local communities.

"I applaud the resolve of the two victims in this case, who were able to take active steps to break free from the abusive situation they were in. It is their bravery that has led to the successful prosecution of Lizzy Idahosa and Jackson Omoruyi. I hope that their courage may act as an inspiration for others who may find themselves in a similar position.

"For our part, the Crown Prosecution Service is determined to play an active role in bringing traffickers to justice. We hope that this case indicates the resolve of all of us within the criminal justice system to ensure that crimes of human trafficking do not go unpunished."
 
If you believe somebody is a victim of modern slavery, you can contact the police on 101 or 999 if it is an emergency, report it online at modernslavery.co.uk or contact the Modern Slavery helpline on 0800 0121 700.