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Nigerian Doctor and Husband Accused of Human Trafficking in the UK

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Nigerian Doctor and Husband Accused of Human Trafficking to the UK
Dr Ayodeji Adewakun, 44, and her husband Abimbola Adewakun, 48, have been accused of trafficking a Nigerian woman to the UK and making her work 18-hour shifts. They are alleged to have paid the accused, Iyabo Olatunji, £20 a week and beat her when she demanded a higher wage.

Olatunji, 37, told Southwark Crown Court on Monday that she was also made to work hard everyday cleaning their house before staying late and cooking the couple’s dinner.

The couple allegedly persuaded Olatunji who was working as a secretary for a local government in Nigeria to leave her home and job in Nigeria to look after their two young children at their three-bedroom home in Erith, south east London, in 2004.

In a contract signed in 2004, DailyMail UK that Ayodeji promised her £450 per month in a contract signed by the couple and the victim which also set out a range of terms and conditions of her employment. The contract reportedly also included caring for the couple’s two young children at an agreed time and days.

However, Olatunji denied she was made aware of any duties expected of her outside of her babysitting role and added that she had never even had a bank account set up for her to receive her wages into. She claims she came to the UK with just five Nigerian Naira in her pocket and was not even treated to a t-shirt she liked during a family holiday to Euro Disney.

She claims she was made to sleep at midnight and forced to get up at 6am every morning to get the children fed and ready for school. She recalled being slapped three times by the doctor when she asked for more money to cater for herself.

The first occasion, coinciding with her birthday, was documented in a diary she kept, which also detailed the strict payment schedule. Jurors heard the babysitter wrote:

Aunty fight with me today. She slapped my face twice. The day I will never forget in my life. The first time in history that somebody has slapped my face.

Olatunji also claimed she was assaulted again twice before she reported her situation to Ayodeji’s mother.

Ayodeji and her husband both denied obtaining services by deception and trafficking a person into the UK for exploitation.

The trial continues.

27 Comments

  1. Bennie

    May 10, 2017 at 10:43 am

    hmmmmm!!!! The grass is not always greener at the other side

  2. Mama

    May 10, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Wicked Nigerian househelp the same everywhere. If it was in Nigeria would her life not be worse off? Won’t she wake up early and sleep late??? Because she wants UK government to give her papers to stay she now wants to ruin this family….

    This almost happened to my friend, she jejely told her housegirl they were going to drop luggage for someone at Heathrow airport. Sorfri sorfri enter plane straight to 9ja dumped her wicked ass there, tore up her passport and came back to London!!!

    • Sasha

      May 10, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      You are the wicked one. You think they have no rights because they are Nigerians. This how you wicked evil Nigerian treat your helps – worse than animals.
      Why didn’t this doctor and her husband employ the services of a nanny in the UK? Because they are looking for cheap labour and someone to use as a slave.
      You think it is okay to wake up from 6am and work till 12 am.? Would you work such hours? Idiot!
      Fortunately for her, there are employment laws n the UK, and her employers appear to have breached it. I pray the househelp gets justice. Wicked heartless Nigerians.

    • NOTOWICKEDNESS

      May 10, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Sorry to say but …..Your friend is wicked Aunty

    • tunmi

      May 11, 2017 at 12:33 am

      I liked your comment because you started off well

      “Wicked Nigerian househelp the same everywhere. If it was in Nigeria would her life not be worse off? Won’t she wake up early and sleep late???”

      Everything after that was just trash. So a househelp’s life isn’t worth living. Una wicked I swear

  3. Kels

    May 10, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    This story is somehow; “The couple allegedly persuaded Olatunji who was working as a secretary for a local government in Nigeria to leave her home and job in Nigeria to look after their two young children at their three-bedroom home in Erith, south east London, in 2004.”

    Then,
    “She claims she came to the UK with just five Nigerian Naira in her pocket and was not even treated to a t-shirt she liked during a family holiday to Euro Disney.”

    If she was a secretary in Nigeria, where is all her salary, that she came to UK with N5 in her pocket..

    #StoryForThegods!!!

    • Becca

      May 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      You’d make a crap lawyer.

    • tunmi

      May 11, 2017 at 12:36 am

      That’s actually pretty normal and standard for folks coming to the US. You’ve never heard of people donating their things to others in Nigeria before going abroad?

  4. concerned9ja

    May 10, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Never bring any help abroad..they turn on you and claim asylum..refugee status..
    The Doc is paid enough to hire a nanny or send the kids to a good nursery.,,

    • Manny

      May 10, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      This couple just used their hands to do themselves. I don’t know why people risk this with help from Nigeria. Knowing fully well that they are going to cry abuse and use it to get asylum.
      I don’t know how to translate this saying “eni nwa ifa nwa ofo”. You want cheap labor, now it’s costing you.

  5. Becca

    May 10, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    But they don’t want to pay the going wage so hire help from Nigeria and EXPlOIT them! Not good.

  6. Devils Advocate

    May 10, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    ‘…and was not even treated to a t-shirt she liked during a family holiday to Euro Disney’ They even took you to Euro Disney

    • tunmi

      May 11, 2017 at 12:37 am

      To look after the kids!!!! Do you know how exhausting it is having kids with you at any amusement park??!

      Wrong is wrong and these folks were wrong.

  7. anonymous

    May 10, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I don’t completely agree with the tittle/label given to this report. Was her immigration to the UK forced? Bella naira report here says that she new what her job was to be in the UK, even though she’s being underpaid and phycically assaulted as written here, it shouldn’t be labeled human trafficking as this is a serious crime. However domestic assault should not be tolerated .Bella please rephrase your news tittle!

  8. Chiomah

    May 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    If they were only paying her £20 a week then they didn’t try. She went to Euro Disney with them to look after their children so even though it sounds petty they should have bought her the t-shirt to make her happy. I know there are some bad help who just take advantage of the system but if they were paying her £80 a month dem no try at all..

  9. courage

    May 10, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    story story…dont ever take anybody abroad, it never ends well. Someone has told her what to say.

  10. blackbeatle

    May 10, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    true story…..a lady who was taken to Europe by a couple said she was schooled by some people that in other to get papers she should raise alarm of abuse..she went as far as rape allegation the couple were jailed and kids taken away..she confessed privately to a friend (not to the authorities) that she thought they would just give her papers and that will be that .. she feels very sad esp as she was close to the kids but cannot go back and say she exaggerated ..

    • blackbeatle

      May 10, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      lesson here is don’t take anyone from nigeria except your own mother OR cough out the money for a good nanny resident there

    • Ifeoluwakitan

      May 10, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Same here, she wants to remain in the UK and the useless boyfriend she has is teaching her all these. Claiming they will get compensation from the couple not realizing the damage she is causing to their family and their careers. We humans are our own enemies. Am so angry! i just wish their is something we can do to reveal the truth. They have been in the court since morning, we hope to know what the outcome will be soon!

  11. Ifeoluwakitan

    May 10, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Bella and every blog readers, this is my Uncle and his wife, we all know the story and this is all lies. The girl in question is a liar and an ungrateful soul. Why would you do this is to a kind couple who decided to help you and your family. Her parents are totally disappointed in her and they are not in support of all these things she has done. We just pray that the truth prevails, she was brought to the UK to better her life and they did not treat her bad for a single day. Bella i wish you can meet them, they are the best and sweetest souls ever. Despite been blessed they will never treat anyone bad. They are givers and they did their best for this lady. Evil companies, led this girl to betray them the way she is doing now despite all that has been done for her and her family. She is also from ile-oluji, village girl that has open eye now she want to reap from where she didn’t sow because you don’t want to return to Nigeria. In a nutshell, she is just evil and i know that the God will serve will deliver Brother Bola and Aunty Ayo in Jesus Christ name, Amen.

  12. OJ

    May 10, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    The lady in question is said to be 37 years of age!!!! people make una sef think am well, how do you deceive an adult and her family with stories of a better life in UK (of all places sef) and turn around to pay her 20 pounds a week for 18hrs a day shift?? even the devil is not this wicked na!!!

  13. Purplegirl

    May 10, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Mmmm. This story has k-leg to me. Justice for me in this case would be after getting the truth, send the woman home, punish the couple appropriately but send the nanny home. I believe sending her home would mean she can discourage people like her from taking househelp opportunities anyhow, and also discourage on the other hand house helps that may lie against their employers.

  14. Sarah

    May 10, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I don’t know about the assault allegation, but there is no way she could have been working for 18 hours, with the couple in full time employment and the kids in school. I used to have live-in help who only worked effectively for 7-8 hours a day. She had to wake up at 6am to get the kids ready for school. Once my husband and I had left for work and the kids in school, she spent 90% of the time relaxing. She only became busy when the kids returned from school, till she put them to bed. A friend who brought live-in help from Nigeria, had a similar experience because the girl was misbehaving and she mistakenly told her that she will be returning back to Nigeria. Above all, most of the Nigerian domestic help raise false alarms because they are advised as the way to get permanent residence.

  15. Ade

    May 11, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Honesty, I know this family but we should pray not to be in this kind of situation . The couple can not hurt a fly! They brought this girl to the UK with a domestic visa and they have always been after her and they don’t mess about with her salary. She left the house with a guy and expected the couple to still renew the visa saying she will blackmail them if they don’t. .it is really sad! All because she wanted to get a leave to remain and compensation from the couple. What goes around comes around. . PLEASE Nigerians abroad do not get any maid from home they will turn round and hurt you big time.

  16. BayoNaija

    May 12, 2017 at 7:43 am

    This is a very unfortunate situation. When Nigerians living abroad come to Nigeria, many of their extended family members and others without jobs will be begging and pleading for them to help them. In there current situation, they are doing jobs that they are being paid 18000 Naira (@ 5000 to a £ that is around £40). Yet they have to pay for transportation, accommodation, feeding, pay for children school fees and all sorts. Once you take a pity and decide you can assist by engaging them. Then you are most likely doomed, just like this family. Immediately they get abroad, and they feel a bit comfortable and say they are not paid like Europeans. But when coming abroad, they forget who paid for the passport, visa fees, air tickets, accommodation abroad, clothing, feeding including all their family needs back in Nigeria. The lesson here is simple, don’t do it. Leave people to sort out there problems. I know everyone or help you bring over will be the same but how will you know who is good or bad. UK is all about legal nothing more. God help these Adewakuns.

  17. dee

    May 12, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I was beginning to wonder how MAMA got so many likes. Thank God for reasonable people like SASHA

  18. Odesola Damilola

    June 15, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    The Adewakun’s are the best people I ever knew in my life, because they have adopted me as their own child since I lost my parents and even paid my tuition fees and gave me monthly allowance. The maid just want to tarnish their image but God in his infinite mercy will save my helpers.

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