Human Trafficking: Woman Bags Nine Years Jail Term


The Federal High Court in Osogbo, Osun State, has sentenced a 29-year-old woman, Sekinat Owolabi, to nine years imprisonment for human trafficking.
This information was contained in a statement made available to newsmen by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) yesterday.
Ms Owolabi was arraigned by NAPTIP in court on a three-count charge of organising the foreign travel of a 19-year-old female victim to Mali for exploitative prostitution.
According to the statement, “This contravenes sections 15 (a), 16 and 19 (b) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act, 2003 (as amended in 2005).
“The victim, who was rescued by the Nigeria Immigration Services and handed over to NAPTIP, aided the agency in the subsequent arrest of the suspect.
“Having listened to the witness and the evidence tendered by the Agency’s prosecutors, the presiding Judge, Maureen Onyetenu, found the defendant guilty of the three-count Charge and sentenced Ms Owolabi to prison,” the statement said.