A Nigerian Pastor is to be trail in France for recruiting women for sex but thank God its France not Nigeria where law or justice can be easily prevent by financial influence or position.

General high percentage of Nigerians abroad are known for corruption, sexual immorality and fraud.

The prosecution presented Pastor Stanley Omoregie  as the kingpin of a family-based syndicate made up of 10 women and 14 men, including one of Europe's most wanted women, Jessica Edosomwan.

Edosomwan has been accused of recruiting destitute women in Nigeria for the sex trade in Lyon, Nimes and Montpellier.

Nigerian sex workers on the streets of Italy (Guardian)
Believed to be on the run in the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg) countries, Italy or Germany, Edosomwan is set to be tried in absentia.

It took months of police wiretapping and surveillance before Omoregie and other suspected members of his cartel were arrested.

The Lyon investigation covers an entire gamut of sex trafficking activities--from iron-fisted "madams" and violent pimps, to drivers of the vans in which the women perform sexual acts, and to those tasked with laundering the proceeds of the trafficking, according to an AFP report on the development.

Prosecutors estimate that 17 alleged victims, aged 17 to 38, made up to 150,000 euros ($166,000) a month for the syndicate by selling sex for as little as 10 euros.

Working with juju

According to a United Nations estimate, 80 percent of young Nigerian women who arrive Italy -- their first port of call in Europe -- already belong in prostitution networks, or quickly fall under their control.

Investigators say most of the women come from Benin City, the capital of Nigeria's southern Edo State.

AFP describes Edo State as a “human trafficking hotbed with a long history of dispatching women and men to Europe to earn money to send back home.”

Some of the arrested women take part in "juju" or black magic rituals before leaving Nigeria.

A Nigerian sex worker abroad (Punch)
A Nigerian sex worker abroad (Punch)
During the juju rituals, they often promise to repay the money they owe for their passage to Europe.

Most of the women arrive Europe after making the perilous migrant trail across the Sahara Desert to Libya and then across the Mediterranean.

They arrive Italy before winding up in Lyon.

Omoregie's first answers

Among the accused is a 28-year-old former prostitute who was released from sex slavery after paying off her debts and who in turn brought over another young woman from Nigeria.

In a tense courtroom, doubts begin to emerge from Omoregie’s first answers. He admits that he rented apartments to young Nigerian women, but says he didn’t know they were prostitutes.

“What do you think these women were doing to pay you rents of several hundred euros a month, without working, since they had no residence permit?”, the court president asks.

Omoregie replies that he just wanted to be of service. He also admits that he didn’t try to find out how the girls made their money.

France came under fire last month for not offering to take in the Aquarius rescue ship carrying 630 people after Italy and Malta refused to allow it to dock (Reuters)
France came under fire last month for not offering to take in the Aquarius rescue ship carrying 630 people after Italy and Malta refused to allow it to dock (Reuters)
Looking deadpanned while still managing to remain vague under cross examination, Omoregie finally acknowledges that he heard that some girls he provided accommodation for, were sex workers.

Nigeria tops the sex trade table

Most of the women and girls are lured to Europe with false promises of jobs as hairdressers or seamstresses. Before long, they find themselves selling sex on arrival to repay their debts.

According to the AFP, Nigerians now outnumber Chinese or Eastern European sex workers on the streets of France and some other European countries.

Sex workers in Nigeria (Punch)
Sex workers in Nigeria (Punch)
In 2018, 15 members of a Paris-based female-led pimping ring known as the "Authentic Sisters" were sentenced to up to 11 years in prison for forcing girls into sex slavery in France.

Omoregie and his alleged accomplices risk 10 years in jail if convicted


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