A Nigerian national has been found guilty of attempting to traffic Nigerian girls through Heathrow Airport to work in brothels across Europe,Punch reported on Thursday.
The suspect, Franca Asemota, was convicted on Wednesday on 12 counts of conspiracy to traffic persons for sexual exploitation, and was later sentenced to 22 years in prison.
According to a statement released by the UK Commission in Abuja, five of the suspect’s victims provided evidence against her in her trial, thereby leading to her eviction.
Asemota is believed to have been part of a criminal network known for trafficking girls, boys and grown Nigerian women across Europe to be employed as sex workers once they arrive there.
Asemota is said to have travelled with several girls on flights between Lagos and Heathrow in the months between August 2011 and May 2012, Premium Times reports.
Asemota’s plan was to reach France but she was foiled when officials recognized the girl’s documents as fake and an investigation ensued.