TWO Nigerians, Lizzy Idahosa and Jackson Omoruyi, have been jailed for eight and two years respectively following a UK Home Office investigation into the trafficking of Nigerian women into the UK for sexual exploitation.
Lizzy Idahosa, 24, was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court,on Friday, November 7, after being found guilty of trafficking women to and around the UK, inciting prostitution and money laundering. Her partner, Jackson Omoruyi, 41, was jailed after the jury found him guilty of two money laundering offences.
The investigation which began after Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers carried out an operation at the Ambassador Suite Massage Parlour, on City Road, Cardiff, in June 2013, revealed that a Nigerian woman found there told officers she had been trafficked into the UK several years previously by Idahosa and since then had been working in the sex industry.
Also, investigations by the Home Office’s Criminal Investigations officers revealed that a second victim said Idahosa had trafficked her into the UK to work in the sex industry.
“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.
The women told the officers that they worked at brothels around England and Wales including in London, Croydon, Stevenage, Brighton, Swansea and Cardiff, paying their earnings directly to Idahosa or via Omoruyi’s bank account.”
Idahosa and Omoruyi were said to have been arrested by the Officers from the Home Office Criminal Investigation in a property in Dressington Avenue, Lewisham, South London, in April this year.
Commenting on the issues, Modern Slavery Minister Karen Bradley said, “Trafficking and slavery are appalling crimes that are still happening in modern Britain, as this case shows.
That is why we are taking action. The Modern Slavery Bill, one of the first of its kind in the world, will make it easier to prosecute the criminals behind trafficking and improve the protection of victims.
“The Bill will consolidate and strengthen legislation, making it easier to prosecute the organized criminals behind the majority of modern slavery.
It will ensure that people involved in these crimes receive the toughest sentences by increasing the maximum available sentence to life imprisonment.”