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I traffick Nigerian women to Mali for prostitution, make N18,600 on each victim – 30 years old suspect

A suspected human trafficker has disclosed she makes 30,000 CFA (about N18,600) on every Nigerian woman she trafficks to other African countries.

30-year-old Michael Omowunmi said she trafficks her unsuspecting victims for prostitution to African countries, especially Mali.

Omowunmi was arrested on Wednesday alongside four of her victims by the officials of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps [NSCDC] , Lagos State Command after two years in the business.

During her parade on Thursday, the resident of No 13, Abule-Oki, Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos, said she ventured into human trafficking over two years ago. She added that she used the proceeds for the upkeep of her seven years old son.

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Recounting her experience, Omowunmi, who said she used to sell cooked food, said a woman lured her into the illicit business in 2017.

She claimed a woman approached her where she was assisting a food vendor as a service girl and promised her a better life provided she could serve as a house help in Mali.

Omowunmi said she jumped at the offer unfortunately for her, the arrangement turned out to be prostitution and she could not make a U-turn having committed herself into it.

Having settled her travel agent to the tune of N600,000, she reached another agreement with her boss to introduce more victims and this gave her the opportunity to earn a commission of 30,000 CFA (N18, 600) per victim and in 2019, she returned to Nigeria to supply more victims for the illicit business and had already opened talks with four of them when luck ran against her.

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One of the victims 23 years old Amaka Eze a native of Anambra State, said she completed apprenticeship in hairdressing about three months ago and was trying to source money for her graduation when she met Omowunmi at her Abule-Oki residence last Tuesday.

This resident of Odogunyan-Ikorodu in Lagos State said,

‘’On getting there, she promised to get me a lucrative job but did not disclose the venue. Since I was desperate to get a job, I obliged and she told me to wait till the following day so that other ladies could join in the process of planning the trip.

“True to her words, the ladies visited her unfortunately, the negotiations did not favour them and we all left in annoyance. On getting to the bus-stop, some Policemen who psychologically read our countenance suspected us and we were accosted to her place and that was how it dawn on me that she was a human trafficker.”

Two other victims Alaoye Joy and Victoria Oshioke both 22 and 19 years old confessed they were once neighbours to Omowunmi in Mali.

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Both returned to Nigeria recently and were planning a return trip when they met Omowunmi.

The Lagos State Commander NSCDC, Otoibihi Ehi Cyprian, said the suspects will be handed over to appropriate authorities for prosecution.

He said the Command will no longer handle the issue of human trafficking with kids glove just as he called on members of the public to give useful information about the activities of human trafficking in their respective locations.

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