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Suspected 44-year-old Nigerian child-trafficker nabbed in London

Posted by From NWAGBO NNENYELIKE, Ilorin on 2007/10/31 | Views: 1667 |

Suspected 44-year-old Nigerian child-trafficker nabbed in London


A Nigerian member of an international Nigerian child trafficking ring has been arrested in London, making 20 arrests in an operation covering seven countries, according to the Dutch national prosecutor's office.

A Nigerian member of an international Nigerian child trafficking ring has been arrested in London, making 20 arrests in an operation covering seven countries, according to the Dutch national prosecutor's office.

"It's a 44-year-old Nigerian who arrived by plane," spokesman Wim de Bruin told AFP. International gangs smuggled Nigerian children, mostly girls, to the Netherlands from where they were sent to other countries to work as prostitutes, the prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.

Dutch police arrested 13 people in several cities. At the request of Dutch authorities five additional suspects were arrested this week in New York, Madrid, Antwerp in Belgium and Britain. Last week a sixth suspect was arrested in Dublin. During searches in the Netherlands police also found 10 illegal migrants who were handed over to immigration services.

The traffickers gave their victims fake travel documents, airplane tickets and instructions to request asylum when they landed at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. Dutch authorities worked closely with police in Spain, Belgium, France, Ireland, Britain and the United States. The national prosecutor's office has asked for the extradition of suspects arrested in the United States, Spain, Ireland, Belgium and Britain.
The gang is accused of human trafficking, people smuggling, participating in a criminal organisation, forging travel documents, counterfeiting and money laundering. The girls were tricked to Europe and forced into prostitution. Several of the victims were found in France, Italy and Spain working as streetwalkers.

The gang controlled victims through voodoo threats, the prosecutor's office said. The report said Nigerian children were being forced to promise before a voodoo priest to repay their debts. The Dutch investigation into the disappearance of Nigerian minors from Dutch asylumseekers centres started one year ago.

According to authorities, some 140 Nigerian minors have left special centres for minors without leaving an address since January last year. Under Dutch legislation, failed unaccompanied minors seeking asylum cannot be deported. They are housed in special centres where they are educated until they turn 18 and then sent back to their country of origin.

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Okfold(Sobe, Edo, Nigeria)says...

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Authority belongs to God, once He decrees it is final and binding

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