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Nigerian woman remanded for trafficking a teenager for sex exploitation

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The Accra Circuit Court ‘4’, presided over by Kizita Naa Koowa Quarshie, has remanded a Nigerian female sex worker into police custody for human trafficking and related offences.

The sex worker, Miriam Brain, was accused of recruiting a teenag girl, 18, from Nigeria to exploit her in prostitution.

However, the victim has been rescued by the police, but Miriam has pleaded not guilty to attempt to commit a crime and human trafficking.

The accused was remanded on Thursday, November 16, and is expected to attend court from police cells on November 29.

The case was first presented to the court by Chief Inspector Isaac Anquandah on October 25, 2022.

Brief facts

C/Ins Anquandah told the court that the complainant in this case is a casual labourer, whilst the accused person is a sex worker.

He said the complainant and accused are Nigerian nationals living in Ghana.

According to him, during the month of December, 2021, the accused and one Mary, who is currently in Nigeria, allegedly visited Ghana to engage in prostitution.

He indicated that the two stayed at Kasoa, but went their separate ways after a misunderstanding ensued between them.

While Mary went back to Nigeria, the accused person remained in Ghana and moved to stay at Mempeasem at East Legon.

The prosecutor added that Mary recruited and transported the victim to Ghana and was received by the accused on Saturday October 1, 2022.

He said the accused attempted to exploit the victim in prostitution, but the victim pleaded with her that she was only 18 years and a virgin, but the accused tuned deaf ears to her.

“The accused person went out with the victim for two days, but no one had sex with her,” he stated. “On their second outing, the victim sensed danger and jumped into a private car and was sent to the East Legon Police Station, where she lodged a complaint to the police to that effect.”

The Prosecuting Officer added that on October 7, the victim was accompanied by the police to the accused person’s residence and had her arrested.

He added that the matter was later referred to the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit at the Police Headquarters where, after investigations, the accused was charged and arraigned before the honourable count.

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