Nigerian Brothers Jailed In South Africa
Two Nigerian brothers based in South Africa were yesterday given lengthy prison terms on charges of human trafficking by a Gauteng judge in Pretoria.
It is understood that the two, who ran a brothel in Arcadia, were sentenced in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, in a case believed to be a first in this division.
A South African newspaper IOL reports that the convicts; Obioma Benjamin Abba, 32, was sentenced to an effective 12 years imprisonment, while his brother and the mastermind, Chinedu Justine Obasi, 38, was given 18 years.
Obasi was “the boss” – the man who recruited prostitutes and held them virtually as prisoners in a flat. He was also the one who provided them with drugs and he took their night earnings for himself.
Although the legislature called for life imprisonment in cases where people are convicted of human trafficking, Judge Ronel Tolmay found that there were mitigating factors in this case.
She said the brothers were first-time offenders and that they had spent more than two years in jail awaiting trial.
Similarly, the judge explained that, although two women who worked as prostitutes for the brothers were exposed to a lot of trauma, they were already in the sex trade and hooked on drugs when they were recruited.
The judge, on the other hand, said the brothers kept the women captive in the flat in Arcadia, from where they had to work as prostitutes.
Two prostitutes earlier told the court of their harrowing life on the streets, while their pimps (convicts) ”kept them hooked on drugs”.
Source: New feed2