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Friday, 19 May 2017

Photos: Nigerian couple convicted of trafficking Nigerian woman into the UK for exploitation

A Nigerian doctor and her husband have been convicted of trafficking a Nigerian woman into the UK for the purpose of exploitation. See previous report and photos here.

Ayodeji Adewakun, 44 and her husband Abimbola Adewakun, 48, a nurse, both from St Katherine's Road in Erith appeared for trial at Southwark Crown Court.
They were found guilty on Thursday, 18 May, of one count of trafficking a woman to the United Kingdom for the purposes of exploitation. 
The 29-year-old victim was brought by the couple to the UK from Nigeria.

She worked as a domestic worker for the Adewakuns between February 2007 and June 2009.
She was also brought to the UK from Nigeria and was contracted to work from 0700hrs to 1700hrs, Monday to Saturday, looking after the Adewakuns' children for £500 per month. They didn't pay her anything at all until May 2009, when she confronted Dr Adewakun about her lack of wages. A bank account was subsequently set up for her but even then, only four payments totalling £350 were deposited into this account for over two years' worth of work.

 She was never given a day off, she worked night and day and eventually her health began to suffer.

When she eventually confronted Dr Adewakun about the way she was being treated, her situation worsened. She was no longer permitted to use the family bathroom and was made to wash her clothes by hand. She eventually escaped in June 2009 with the help of a family friend.

The case was referred to the Met's Modern Slavery and Kidnap Unit by Migrant Legal Action (formerly Afro-Asian Advisory Service). On 13 January 2015 Abimbola Adewakun was arrested and interviewed and later released on bail.

On 19 January 2015 Ayodeji Adewakun attended a police station by appointment and was interviewed under caution. She was not arrested.
Both defendants were charged on 10 November 2015 with trafficking for the purpose of exploitation.

 Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant Nick Goldwater said:
"This couple deceived the victim by promising her a regular wage, which was far higher than her earnings in Nigeria. She hoped that she would be able to send money home and improve her family's standard of living.
"In reality, she was made to work day and night and barely paid anything. She was subject to intimidating behaviour by Dr Adewakun, who exerted control over her by keeping her socially isolated and withholding her passport.
"I hope that these convictions serve as a warning to anyone else committing this crime and encourages anyone being exploited to come forward. I also hope it brings a measure of comfort to the brave victim in this case."
Sentencing has been provisionally set for 16 June.
+ Adimbola Adewakun was found not guilty in relation to trafficking charges against a second victim
+ The jury did not reach a verdict in the case of Ayodeji Adewakun in relation to trafficking charges against a second victim,
Source: Metropolitan Police


Emeka Izuogu said...

Shame shame shame...disgracing Nigerians up and down

Vivian Reginalds said...

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Vivian Reginalds said...

-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

dee boi said...

Orisirisi... dee

NaijaDeltaBabe said...


... Merited happiness

ogbonna nwabueze said...

Them think say na for naija them dey wey them dey treat house help like wrag.

Alpha Male said...

Their behaviour and treatment of their domestic help is no different to what a lot of Nigerians dish out to their help at home.
Charity begins at home and they felt they were doing no wrong I imagine.
Modern day slavery is real and exists in Nigeria today
The worst crimes are perpetuated by those hiding behind the cloak of religion

Anonymous said...

There are a million igbos messing up, relative to every 1 Yoruba person. Let's not pretend. Atleast these ones aren't drug peddling.

Stop modem day slavery. What you call house help, is no different to slavery.

If you need help, make sure to treat your help, as you would your child.

Edinburgh's finest said...

Serves them right.

Nigerians that earn well in UK are fond of pinching pennies. This couple earn so much yet they couldn't put their kids in a nursery or employ an au pair and pay the agreed minimum wage and stick to the contractual hours???

Why didn't the wife or is it the husband who is not a medical doctor switch careers or work part time as this will give her time to take care of their kids.

It's a well known fact that Nigerians bring these "maids" from nigeria and treat them poorly. Some are not even paid and it's only pitiful stipends that are sent to their family in nigeria.

If you want someone to take care of your kids, then treat them well, pay them the agreed wages and do not use them as donkeys.

Anonymous said...

Please note that not everything you read in news is exactly the truth. God is the only one that knows the truth. I am a relative to this people and i also know the lady very well. We could say we are all family knowing that the lady suing this couple has lived with Bro.Bola's parents many years and termed "Last born" before Bro.Bola and his wife took her aboard. There is alot to be written but you know what God will repay her back accordingly and i know God is never late.

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