A Nigerian woman, Franca Asemota, 38, found guilty of attempting to traffic Nigerian girls through Heathrow Airport to work as sex workers in brothels across Europe, was on Thursday sentenced to 22 years imprisonment
Asemota was convicted on Wednesday at Isleworth Crown Court on 12 counts of conspiracy to traffic persons for sexual exploitation, trafficking persons outside of the United Kingdom for sexual exploitation and assisting unlawful immigration.
A statement by the UK High Commission in Abuja, said five of Asemota’s victims gave evidence against her during the trial.
One of them was rescued from prostitution in Montpellier, France, during a joint operation by the Immigration Enforcement and the National Crime Agency.
Detectives told the court she was part of a criminal network that trafficked girls, boys and women from Nigeria to Europe using threats to guarantee their compliance. Read more