The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has praised Tuesday’s sentencing of a human trafficker, Felicia Osaigbovo, to 12 years’ imprisonment.
The Benin Division of the Edo State High Court sentenced Ms Osaigbovo, 62, to 12 years and a fine of N24 million for human trafficking.
NAPTIP arraigned the convict on July 1, 2021, on a 24-count charge of assisting persons engaged in trafficking. She was also charged with organising foreign travel for 12 people to practise prostitution in Belgium, contrary to the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act (2015).
The convict pleaded not guilty to all the counts, but the prosecution called three witnesses, including Belgian police officer Jimmy Wellem Hendricks, to prove its case.
The prosecution tendered 13 exhibits in the cause of trial.
In delivering judgment, the court found Ms Osaigbovo guilty on all 24 counts and sentenced her accordingly.