Human Trafficking: Asemota, Nigerian fugitive, extradited to UK

Franca Asemota

Franca Asemota, a Nigerian fugitive was in the early hours of Wednesday extradited to the United Kingdom to face trial for offences bordering on trafficking of minors.

Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 ordered her extradition to the UK following a request through the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

Ms. Asemota, 36, is wanted by the UK government for trafficking of minors to Europe using London Heathrow airport as transit hub.

She was accused of allegedly engaging in organising a network that trafficked young women, mostly teenagers, from remote Nigerian villages into Europe, through London.

The girls were promised education or jobs such as hairdressing in countries including France and Spain, but were forced into prostitution.

However, the long arm of the law caught up with her when she was arrested by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, March 24, 2015 in Benin, Edo State on suspicion of money laundering offences.

On arrest, checks on her profile revealed that, she had been on the wanted list of the National Crime Agency of the UK.


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