Woman, 41, sentenced to five years imprisonment for human trafficking

Woman, 41, sentenced to five years imprisonment for human trafficking

A High Court of Oyo State, presided over by Justice M.A. Adegbola, has sentenced a 41-year-old woman, Victoria Oshi, to five years imprisonment for the procurement and sexual exploitation of three victims of human trafficking.

Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons in 2010 arrested Oshi alongside her accomplice, 75-year-old Peter Idowu.

They were arrested for the procurement and exploitation of two female teenagers and a 20-year-old lady in two brothels – 007 and Born Best Hotels – located in Ogbomosho, Oyo State.

The victims were recruited from Enugu State with the promise of being employed as sales girls in Ogbomosho, but were on arrival forced into prostitution.

Oshi was later arraigned in court by NAPTIP on a nine count charge, while Peter Idowu, the owner of the 007 hotel, faced a one count charge, all under the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act of 2003 (as amended in 2005).

Following a trial that lasted over six years, Justice Adegbola on Wednesday sentenced Oshi to five years imprisonment.

The sentence will run from the day of the judgment.

The judge, however, discharged Idowu due to his age.

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