The Misery and shocking treatment, these two women, now going to prison for a number of years, put Vulnerable Women through is Disgusting; human trafficking is an abominable crime against people, often children. After Release Deport them back to Nigeria, where the emanate from.

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Two women who ran prostitution ring sentenced for human trafficking

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29/09/2021 

Two Nigerian women who became the first people in Ireland to be convicted of human trafficking, over a prostitution ring they ran out of the midlands, have received jail sentences of over five years each.

Alicia Edosa, 45, and Edith Enoghaghase, 31, were each found guilty of two counts of trafficking women around Ireland on dates between September 2016 and June 2018, following a six-week jury trial at Mullingar Circuit Criminal Court in June

Edosa, of The Harbour, Market Point, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, and Enoghaghase, of Meeting House Lane, Mullingar, were also convicted of organising prostitution as well as a series of money-laundering offences.

Alicia Edosa, 45, and Edith Enoghaghase, 31, were each found guilty of two counts of trafficking women around Ireland on dates between September 2016 and June 2018, following a six-week jury trial at Mullingar Circuit Criminal Court in June. Pic: Shutterstock

Enoghaghase’s husband, Omonuwa Desmond Osaighbovo, was also convicted, of four related money-laundering offences.

All three had pleaded not guilty to a total of 63 separate offences.

At a sentencing hearing on Tuesday, Judge Francis Comerford imposed a jail term of five years and eight months on Edosa, backdated to April 14, 2019, when she was first placed in custody for convictions under the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Act 2008. Judge Comerford sentenced Enoghaghase, who is a mother of three young children, to five years and one month in prison for the same offences, backdated to her conviction on June 10, 2021 The judge said the offences did not relate to trafficking the women into Ireland but the control exercised over them once they arrived here when the victims had become ‘indentured slaves’.

Edosa, of The Harbour, Market Point, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, and Enoghaghase, of Meeting House Lane, Mullingar, were also convicted of organising prostitution as well as a series of money-laundering offences. Pic: Shutterstock

‘They coerced the victims into a sustained and degrading period of prostitution which did great harm to all victims, for financial gain,’ the judge remarked.

He said the two accused had taken advantage of vulnerable women who had no real alternative but to accept their exploitation before finally summoning enough courage to break free.

The judge accepted that Edosa and Enoghaghase operated as ‘more a cottage industry than being part of a tightly controlled criminal organisation’.

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The judge said the offences did not relate to trafficking the women into Ireland but the control exercised over them once they arrived here when the victims had become ‘indentured slaves’. Pic: Shutterstock

The court heard Edosa still maintained her innocence of all the charges and claimed that the victims had made false allegations against her in order to secure their right to remain in Ireland.

Detective Garda Niall Stack told the court that the Garda investigation began after two of the victims made a formal complaint at Store Street Garda Station in Dublin in May 2018.

Edosa and Enoghaghase were arrested and questioned but made no admissions during 15 interviews after gardaí searched of their homes in April 2019.

Osaighbovo, whom the court heard suffered gunshot wounds during a visit to Nigeria in January 2018 which required the amputation of his left thumb, was given a suspended sentence of two years and three months for the money-laundering convictions.

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