An Edo State High Court sitting in Benin, Edo state capital has sentenced a 36-year-old woman, Vera Imoh to two years imprisonment for child trafficking. The convict was said to have recruited a 16-year-old school drop-out for her brother, one Solomon, who lived in Mali.
The victim was reportedly promised a job in a boutique owned by Solomon, but was introduced to prostitution on arrival in Mali.
According to the prosecution, the victim engages in prostitution at night, after working as a sales girl in the boutique during the day.
Imoh committed the offence in June, 2015.
The offence was said to contravene the provisions of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.
Imoh, had through her counsel, Asenoquan Oghahenhen, pleaded with the court to apply leniency by cautioning her as she had a little child.
But the judge, Justice Alero Eruaga, described the convict as one of those bringing the state to disrepute by recruiting young girls for prostitution. She said the judgement will serve as deterrent to others.
Eruaga sentenced Imoh with an option of fine of one million naira.