Court remands travel agent for allegedly trafficking 21 victims in Benin

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By Deborah Coker

Benin – A High Court in Benin on Tuesday ordered that a 32-year-old travel agent, Raymond Uzokin, who allegedly trafficked 21 victims, comprising males and females, be remanded in prison custody.

Justice Urhomwen Erameh, gave the order, after Uzokin pleaded not guilty to nine-counts of trafficking filed by the  National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Benin zonal command.

Justice Erameh adjourned the case until Aug. 1.

NAPTIP Counsel, Mrs Tonia Mgbemije, told the court that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 13(2), 13(4) and 26 of Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.

NAN reports that the agency alleged that the defendent collected amounts ranging from N150, 000 to N800, 000, with a promise to take them to France to watch the just-concluded Women FIFA World Cup. 


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