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Nigerian Nurse Arrested in London for Trafficking Girls from Edo State for Prostitution in Europe

Valentine Chinyem

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A fifty-one year old Nigerian nurse has been arrested in London, for trafficking young girls from Edo State to Germany for prostitution.

The nurse who goes by the name Josephine Iyamu, was arrested at Heathrow airport while returning to London from Nigeria. She was said to be in the habit of forcing the young girls to take oath of promise to repay her, which includes forcing them to eat chicken hearts, drink blood containing worms, and have powder rubbed into cuts.

The trafficked girls who travel from Nigeria to Germany, are placed in brothels and made to work to repay their debts as much as £32,700 (N15,549,623).

Iyamu, known to the victims only as Sandra, has been charged to a Birmigham Crown Church as the ringleader in the trafficking gang – a conviction which marks the first successful prosecution of a Brit under the Modern Slavery Act involving victims outside the UK. She was also gunning for the House of Assembly slot for Egor LGA under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state.

According to the Guardian UK;

Iyamu, who was made a British citizen in 2009 and worked as an NHS agency nurse, declared a modest income of around £14,500 in 2016-17. But inquiries after Iyamu’s arrest in 2017 found she was able to spend thousands on international air travel and to afford a large home in Benin City in Nigeria.

Opening the case at the start of the trial, the prosecutor Simon Davis told jurors: “Josephine Iyamu had a network of people who assisted her with trafficking the women from Nigeria overland to Libya – across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy and from Italy up and into Germany.

“She was there on the mobile phone along the way but her real role was at the end of their journey, when it came to getting money from the women and making a profit out of their exploitation. The debts incurred by the women were enforced through fear.”

Andy Young, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Josephine Iyamu exploited five vulnerable women by promising them a better life in Europe. Instead she treated the women like property.”

The NCA’s operations manager, Kay Mellor, said: “Josephine Iyamu is a calculating individual who used her apparent status as a rich, powerful and influential lady to intimidate and manipulate vulnerable Nigerian women.

She will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on July 4.

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