Benin City: Woman rescued from human trafficker gets one-year imprisonment for human trafficking

Ese Glory Edomwonyi, a former victim of human trafficking, has herself been convicted of the same crime in Benin City, Edo State.

Glory, 24, a mother of five, was sentenced to one-year imprisonment in her role in recruiting a 14-year-old girl.

The convict was rescued from the Seme border a few years ago when she was a victim of human trafficking.

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other related matters (NAPTIP) in Benin said she was arraigned in charge NO: B/NAPTIP/9C/2022.

She was brought before Justice Irele Ifeje of Court 3, Criminal Division of the Edo State High Court Benin City.

Glory was charged for engaging in acts of trafficking in persons contrary to Section 13 (4)c of the trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015, the Benin Zonal Command, Nduka Nwanwenne said in a statement.

According to the arraignment sheet, "Mrs Edomwonyi, also known as Mama Gift, recruited a 14-year old girl, Miss X, for her sister Lovette, who resides in Burkina Faso.

"On arrival at Burkina Faso, the victim was subjected to beatings, denial of food, and slavery when she objected initially to engage in prostitution. She was later sold to another lady who forced her into prostitution, thereby losing her virginity. The traffickers collected all her earrings.

"The victim was later rescued after the arrest of the convict who was sentenced to one-year jail term with an option to pay N300, 000 fine."

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