Nigerian couple convicted for ‘slavery’ in UK
A London -based Nigerian couple were on Friday convicted by a Southwark Crown Court in London for trafficking a “slave nanny” into the United Kingdom from Nigeria.
Judge Martin Beddoe warned that Ayodeji Adewakun, a 44- year old medical doctor and wife, Abimbola Adewakun, a 48 -year old nurse, face “a significant sentence of immediate imprisonment.”
They were granted bail until June 16 when they will be sentenced.
The couple had lured the woman to the UK from Nigeria with promise of £500 per monthly salary.
They confiscated the woman’s passport as soon as she arrived in February 2007 and subjected her to “constant demands and verbal abuse.”
She managed to escape two years later after finally receiving just £350 – the equivalent of a wage of £15 a month.
Jurors were unable to reach a verdict in relation to Dr. Adewakun on a charge of trafficking a second alleged victim.
The man was cleared of that charge.
The couple allegedly persuaded the woman to come and care for their two children in Erith, south-east London, years earlier in 2005.
The 37-year-old victim told Southwark Crown Court she was later forced to work all day cleaning the house, cook for the family and was even woken if the doctor got home late and wanted a snack.