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24 Nigerian Sex Traffickers From Edo Sentenced To 7 Years Jail Term In France |The Republican News

A French court sentenced 24 members of a Lyon-based sex trafficking ring to prison terms of up to seven years for forcing Nigerian women into prostitution.

Nearly all of the defendants were themselves Nigerian, in the latest case to highlight the growing use of African migrants in the European sex trade.

They include one of Europe’s most wanted women, Jessica Edosomwan, accused of acting as a France-based “madam” to women recruited mainly in Nigeria’s southern Edo State.

Edosomwan was tried in absentia.

Nigeria was the main country of origin for the tens of thousands of migrants who crossed the Mediterranean to Europe by boat in 2016 and 2017.

Many were women and girls lured to Europe with false promises of jobs as hairdressers or seamstresses, only to find themselves selling sex to repay their smugglers.

Seventeen women filed complaints against the defendants but none of the victims attended the trial, with the exception of one former sex worker who found herself in the dock for luring another woman into the trade.

The accused had faced up to 10 years’ imprisonment on charges including human trafficking, pimping, money laundering and helping people live illegally in France.

Prosecutors estimated that the victims, aged 17 to 38, made up to $166 000 a month for the syndicate by selling sex in vans parked by the side of the road for as little as 10 euros.

A French mechanic who looked after the vans was among the 24 defendants.

Last year, 15 members of a Paris-based, female-led pimping ring known as the “Authentic Sisters” – many themselves former trafficking victims – were jailed for up to 11 years for forcing girls into slavery in France.

Similar gangs have also been dismantled in Italy and Britain.

The UN estimates that 80 percent of young Nigerian women arriving in Italy – usually their first port of call in Europe – are already in the clutches of prostitution networks, or quickly fall under their control.

Most of the women come from Nigeria’s Benin City, a human trafficking hotbed.

Many told investigators they had taken part in “juju” or black magic rituals before leaving Nigeria, during which they had to promise to repay the money for their passage to Europe.

Source: AFP

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We’re Facing Hard Times, Commercial Sex Workers Cry Out |RN

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The economic situation in the country knows no bounds as it has affected every business including that of commercial sex workers.

Commercial sex workers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are loudly complaining the decline in patronage. They believe the economic downturn is responsible.

A number of the women of low virtue who spoke to Daily Sun that since most average families are struggling to feed, the bugling situation has affected their business. They claim most of their patrons find it difficult to reserve money to come around for sex outside their homes.

For them the movement of some politicians to the rural areas for the 2019 general elections contributed to their poor economic fortunes. They confessed that from the build-up to the elections, most of their good customers have not been stable in the city and some of their rich clients that often visit Abuja have not visited. It has seriously affected their business.

One of the ladies, Hellen, who operates around Jabi Lake said she joined the business two years ago and has not experienced this kind of downturn in fortune: “This administration of Muhammadu Buhari changed everything, everybody is suffering, there is no money. In the past administrations, during campaigns and elections, people made money regardless of the type of business they operated because there was money in circulation.

“But this present administration is the opposite. This change is something else, who knows how the next level will look like. How can someone who is hungry and angry have feelings for women?”

Another lady, Joy, operating around Gimbiya Street in Area 11 agreed there is low patronage: “Before in a night I know the number of short time I get before going for the last game which is usually all night. But now, it is very difficult to get a customer. The few men that come around will be bargaining as if we are selling salt and pepper in the market.”

Fair skinned Loveth who operates around Wuse Zone 4 and Wuse II, attributed the low patronage to the relocation of politicians to the villages to cast their costs:

“Most of my patrons traveled home for the campaign and elections. Even some of my rich customers who used to visit Abuja for official matters, are no longer visiting because of elections.

“The main cause of this fortune downturn is the movement for elections and once we are through with it, everything will take its normal shape.”

A lady, known as lady B, agreed that the election is the main cause of the low patronage not hardship: “People are not yet back from their villages. Abuja is still scanty most of my patrons that went home for elections are not back. That is why nothing is happening.”

However, Janet said there is nothing like low patronage in her side because she does her job very well and no customer that ever patronized her that will like to miss her services:

“Since the beginning of campaign to these elections I have never spent a weekend in Abuja. I am either traveling with one of my clients or the other, based on the highest bidder. I have been busy all through; I just entered Abuja today. When you do your job perfectly, patrons will be begging for your services.”   (The Sun)

 

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