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Benue Court Jails 24-year-old Lady For Trafficking Young Girls To Mali (Photo)

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Benue Court Jails 24-year-old Lady For Trafficking Young Girls To Mali (Photo)

Sections 18, 27, and 29 of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015 are violated.

A 24-year-old woman was found guilty by a court in Makurdi, Benue state.

Mercy Sese was sentenced to 7 years in prison and an N4.5 million fine by the Federal High Court for trafficking underage girls to Mali for prostitution.

Justice AbduDogo, the presiding judge, sentenced the accused on Wednesday, May 11, after she pled guilty to a seven-count allegation of organizing international travels for underage girls to Mali for sexual exploitation.

Sections 18, 27, and 29 of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015 are violated.

Sese was detained earlier this year at a prominent Makurdi car park by the Makurdi Zonal Command of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP.

Mr. Gloria Bai, NAPTIP’s Makurdi Zonal Commander, said Sese was held responsible for a large sum of money, including foreign currency.

“The Command received a call from a concerned citizen from Duku Motor Part at Wurukum Makurdi in the early hours of Friday, January 7, 2022, who notified the command of a suspected instance of human trafficking involving seven ladies, one of whom is the suspected trafficker,” she said.

“Officers from the command arrived to Duku Motor Park a short time after receiving the call and met the six ladies and the suspect, who all stated that they were on their way to Lagos.

“According to face analysis, the victims were between the ages of 16 and 24. The Nigerian police were also on the ground at the time of the arrival because they had been summoned to the scene.

“The suspect was found with N500,000 and some foreign money, indicating that the victims were to be transported to an unknown location outside of Nigeria.

“The ladies were all taken to the Nigeria Police Station in the company of NAPTIP officers, where the police are conducting preliminary investigations in preparation for transfer to NAPTIP for further investigation and possible prosecution.”

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