Northfleet man guilty of human trafficking
PUBLISHED: 16:25 26 October 2012
A security guard from Northfleet who smuggled three young Nigerian girls into the country for prostitution has been found guilty of human trafficking.
Osezua Osolase, 42, of Beaumont Drive, subjected his victims to juju rituals - a type of black magic used in West Africa.
Because of the juju magic, the girls did as they were told and would not run away for fear of death or serious harm.
Osolase brought the girls into the UK to be trafficked into Europe for prostitution.
The trial heard that the three girls, who all gave evidence, were not the only ones who appear to have been trafficked out of Europe.
Osolase was convicted by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court, following a six week trial.
He was found guilty of one charge of rape, two charges of trafficking the girls into the UK for sexual exploitation and three similar charges of trafficking them out of the UK for the same reason and one charge of sexual activity with a child.
Chief Crown Prosecutor for the CPS South East, Roger Coe-Salazar, said: “This case brings into sharp focus the impact that human trafficking has on the lives of victims.
“These young girls were essentially used as commodities in what can only be described as a form of modern day slavery. Their vulnerability and the heartless abuse they suffered at every turn is only matched by the repulsiveness and cowardice of the perpetrator. One can only begin to imagine the desperate misery they suffered.
“Human trafficking can be a difficult crime to prosecute, not least because of the reluctance of victims to come forward. That is entirely understandable, as it takes great courage.
“All too often, victims fear retribution against themselves or their families, while their self confidence and self esteem has been deliberately destroyed by the abuse inflicted on them.
“In this case, the girls were also subject to the very real threat to them of death or serious harm through the juju rituals they experienced.
“It is to their credit that, despite this, all three had the courage to give evidence to the court and, in doing so, have helped to secure this conviction. I hope today’s verdict will encourage other victims to come forward in the future.”
Sentencing will take place on Monday (29) at Canterbury Crown Court.