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Nigerian Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Trafficking Teenagers via the UK for Sexual Exploitation

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35 year-old Odosa Usiobaifo, a Nigerian man who resides in Enfield, North London has been jailed for 14 years for being involved in the trafficking of 2 Nigerian teenagers.

He was found guilty of conspiring to traffick for the purposes of sexual exploitation following a four-week trial at Isleworth crown court. He pleaded guilty to conspiring to facilitate illegal immigration earlier on in the trial.

According to the UK Border Agency, the girls who were aged 14 and 15 at the time, were stopped by Border Force officers at Heathrow airport separately on 17 September and 23 November 2011 using false passports showing they were adults. They had arrived on flights from Lagos and were attempting to transit to Paris.

It was later found out that the girls were being trafficked to mainland Europe, via London, for the purposes of sexual exploitation. They were placed in local authority care but on 6th April 2012 were reported missing to Sussex police by their respective foster carers.

The UK Border Agency further reports that investigations revealed that contact had been made with the girls and Usiobaifo had collected them from a pre-arranged meeting point before they were given false passports and tickets and placed on a flight to Spain. One of the girls was refused entry to Spain and returned to the UK. She remains in the care of the UK authorities. The other passed through Spanish border controls and is still missing.

Usiobaifo was arrested at his flat in Enfield on 3 September 2012 alongside his partner Katie Igha, 25. Last Thursday a jury found Usiobaifo guilty of all charges but acquitted Igha of trafficking.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

22 Comments

  1. Bunmi

    March 13, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Very good. I hope he enjoys his stay in his new home.

  2. Peppy

    March 14, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Thank you Lord Jesus for such country like UK where things are still working effectively,though London was never their final destination, the UK border still did their job excellently even with a transit visa, May this kind of security come back home, afterall they left Nigeria before transiting via London, and they pass all those horrible security dudes who are only after your last Naira currency without even noticing all the forgery those girls are with, it hurts me only when they dent the nations image outside and make life so hard for the few genuine citizens outside the country.

  3. Tim

    March 14, 2013 at 1:54 am

    i knew it will be igbo man involved. God help Nigerians

    • civ

      March 14, 2013 at 6:29 am

      dont b foolish, that is not an igbo name, u people should stop accusing ibos of every wrong thing that goes on in our country. rubbish

    • AW

      March 14, 2013 at 6:36 am

      The last time I checked Odosa Usiobaifo was an Edo name. Have things changed since then? Moreover what has the tribe got to do with it? He is Nigerian and in the UK that’s all they are interested in, not whether he is Bini or Igbo and no I am neither Bini or Igbo.

    • Bunmi

      March 14, 2013 at 6:52 am

      Absolute trash! you call upon God to hep Nigerians after making a very dumb statement. No, you need the help. We Nigerians are fond of saying dumb sh*t like this,. Always throwing God’s name into any and everything when you don’t want to use your brains to think and come up with something sensible. Use your brain!

  4. HABBA

    March 14, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Can people please stop trafficking Benin and Edo girls! my heart just pours and goes out to those women/girls. PLEASE lets make awareness in those states its not worth it because the mass number of those girls in Italy is just sad

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 14, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Was it on BellaNaija or some other site I read something about how you can’t really stop the sex-trafficking of Bini girls? Or, hang on, I think it was that Nigerian writer that wrote “On Black Sisters Street” and she was being interviewed by Ebuka or someone.

      What she said essentially was that even the Oba of Benin can’t do anything about trafficking of young girls because when he once tried to put measures in place, all the mothers and grandmothers marched to his palace and threatened to protest bare-chested around the city if he did anything to stop their girls from being taken to Europe. Their reason? They need to eat and these girls are the only economic hope for a better life in their families. I just shook my head in extreme sadness when I heard that. So it’s a culture that’s not going to be stamped out in any hurry because particular communities encourages their daughters to go away and become prostitutes so they can send money home to their families.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 14, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Gbagun everywhere – “the trafficking” “particular communities encourage their young girls”

  5. David

    March 14, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Parent why are u so loose? Take care of youR children and stop using them as ATM.

  6. mulikatcardoso

    March 14, 2013 at 7:20 am

    b4 use to be olny benin and edo state people in general, now no nigeria tribes u will not find in that trade in italy and spain,forget it,is just edo people that do it pass anybody,even bring their own children and sister to join the bad quick money.many are death their no body ask of, relations thinking they are still their,not know they have already gone,some with bastrad pregancy and with HIV asham to come home waiting to die…..bad markets God save nigeria,Govt take pension billions of dollars no jail, poor man thieft 10,000 get 20yrs jail,bad system,all of govt person end up in hellfire.

    • Straight4ward

      March 14, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Huh???? …….Scratching my head!!!…..Couldn’t make head or tail of your English…

  7. chi

    March 14, 2013 at 7:38 am

    tim its quite unfortunate u are a nigerian and cant distinguish which tribe has a particular name how many has ur forefathers taken as slaves then

  8. pynk

    March 14, 2013 at 8:09 am

    May he rot there for the rest of his existence.

  9. rhodes

    March 14, 2013 at 8:30 am

    @tim honestly u need to change ur mentality, its way too primitive, we r nw leaving in a global village were tribe or ethnicity is nt important but ur personal moral conduct and integrity

  10. Lloyd

    March 14, 2013 at 9:36 am

    This man will suffer in prison as other prisoners do not like this type of person alongside them – over the next 14 years he will wish he had never been born. Now the search continues for those who assisted him. The UK Border Agency will catch up with them eventually.

  11. hemmanuelhar

    March 14, 2013 at 9:59 am

    we nigerians need prayer

  12. Stella Kashmoney

    March 14, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Wow the girls are so young. Hope he pays dearly for this.

  13. D Fairy GodSister

    March 14, 2013 at 11:17 am

    They should leave him in jail for a very long time…….

  14. Babydoc

    March 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    It appears that the girls themselves were intent on being trafficked into prostitution. They had the opportunity to stay with their foster families, get educated and possibly even get new identities but they chose to continue to Spain. The mind boggles…..

  15. Trina!!!

    March 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I think they should transfer him to Kirikiri Prison,its a better home than UK prisons. #myHumbleOpinion

  16. konnie

    March 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    He should be locked up for longer than that and no parole for good behavior given the lives he has riuned

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