Chinedu Obasi is a Nigerian who migrated to South Africa with the hope of starting a new life. However, rather than get what he wanted, he has been found guilty of a punishable crime and sentenced to 18 years in prison.
The young Nigerian who is 30 years old was said to have married a South African lady in order to obtain a citizenship. This act of his was exposed when it was found out that he does not live with the woman.
Furthermore, Chinedu was allegedly involved in running a brothel and being part of a syndicate. Due to these offences, the man who was arraigned before the court alongside one Obioma Abba, 33, was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment.
His punishment which was supposed to be for only 12 years was further extended because he contradicted the Immigration Act by marrying a South African in order to obtain citizenship.
Chinedu’s crime of human trafficking was found out when some of the night workers escaped from the hoarde where they were and ran to the police to report that they were held against their will.
Two of these night workers testified against him after he was arrested in August. They also witnessed against another suspect, Abba. According to the witnesses, these Nigerian men stuffed them with drugs and held them captive in a flat from whence they were conveyed to where they sold their bodies to men.
All the while, they were not allowed to leave the flat except when they were to work. In giving a verdict, the judge stated how Chinedu and Abba had subjected these night workers to a lot of trauma via the sexual activities and drugs which they gave to them.
The judge, whose name is Tolmay. said that he would have in any case given the men a life sentence if the ladies facts were well corroborated. This proves just how serious the system is about eradicating human trafficking.
As for the ladies who were under the state’s witness protection service all through the time they testified have been rehabilitated and given good jobs. It is noteworthy that erstwhile to their rehabilitation, they were so traumatised that they had to testify from a close circuit TV.
In fact, yet another victim of the men’s trade was found to be heavily pregnant, but gratefully, she has found a partner who loves her and is ready to help her through motherhood.
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