– A high court in Johannesburg has sentenced a 33 year old Nigerian man to prison
– He accused of human trafficking and prostitution
– He was sentenced to 20 years in jail for forcing a 15 year old girl into prostitution.
A South African high court in Johannesburg has sentenced a 33-year-old man named Eke Ogochukwu to 20-year jail term for alleged human trafficking.
Ogochukwu was accused of forcing a 15-year-old girl into prostitution and was found guilty of four charges relating to human trafficking, Vanguard reports.
Ogochukwu’s victim was said to have escaped in August 2015, and received help from a nearby church in Rosettenville. After the minor escaped officials alerted the police and Ogochukwu was arrested.
The judge in charge of the case, Majake Mabesele said: “Clearly what hap-pened to her was cruel, inhuman and degrading and was a violation of the right to human dignity, which is enshrined in our constitution.
“The perpetrators of these offences deserve severe punishment in order to protect and promote a bright future for our young generation.”
The judge said Ogochukwu took advantage of the teenager who was homeless after running away from her home in 2015 following a fight with her mother.
This is coming barely two weeks after the South African High Commission, Lulu Mnguni warned Nigerians in South Africa to respect the laws of the land, shun prostitution and stop the distribution of banned substances.
Mnguni has said there were concerns among South Africans that a few foreigners, including Nigerians, were involved in drug peddling and prostitution and that may have been one of the causes for xenophobic attacks on Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has accused South African politicians of telling their people that foreigners, including Nigerians are taking their women, and jobs and this led to the attacks.
Dabiri-Erewa made this statement on a television programme while admitting that foreigners who commit crimes in South Africa can be dealt with without the citizens attacking Nigerian citizens.