Ghana Prosecutes 23-Year-Old Nigerian Hairdresser

Ghanaian authorities have remanded a Nigerian hairdresser, named Happiness Obi, for alleged trafficking of two minors, aged 14, and 16 years. Obi, 23, appeared before the Accra Circuit Court on Wednesday. She was said to have trafficked the girls into the country while giving the false impression they had come to assist her in her provision shop.

Prosecuting Police Chief Inspector J. B Asante told the court that the complainant is one of the victims, while Happiness is a Nigerian residing at Baatsona in Accra.

He said the accused persons brought the two victims into the country on July 27, to help her sell in a provision shop, but failed to do so and rather resorted to dressing them up at night to solicit on the streets and night clubs.

The prosecution said on August 1, one of the victims reported their ordeal to the Baatsona Police, who proceeded to the Marjen Hotel and arrested the accused person.

Obi denied the allegation and pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to her.

Presiding Magistrate Abena Oppong Adjin Doku ordered her remand in police custody pending her reappearance on August 14.

The victims have been given shelter by the police.

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