Criminal network `ringleader` charged under Modern Slavery Act

Officers from National Crime Agency (NCA) have arrested a British woman suspected of being one of the ringleaders of a criminal network involved in trafficking young women for sexual exploitation.

Sep 6, 2017

Officers from National Crime Agency (NCA) have arrested a British woman suspected of being one of the ringleaders of a criminal network involved in trafficking young women for sexual exploitation. Joesphine Iyamu, 50, has been charged under the Modern Slavery Act following her detention when she landed at Heathrow Airport on a flight from Lagos, Nigeria, on August 24. The criminal network is thought to be involved in trafficking young women from Nigeria to Europe for sexual exploitation. Ms Iyamu, of Bermondsey, south east London, was charged with arranging to facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation – an offence under the Modern Slavery Act. She has been remanded in custody and will appear at Birmingham Crown Court on September 22. Senior Investigating Officer Kay Mellor said: “Criminals involved in modern slavery see their victims as a commodity that can generate income over and over again. “They are adept at hiding their activity and often exploit individuals who are vulnerable and may not be missed. “The NCA, with our partners, is turning over stones, seeking out the individuals who are profiting from this trade, prosecuting them and safeguarding the vulnerable people they exploit.”

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