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‘Intimidating’ Erith Doctor and nurse stopped trafficking victim from using the bathroom after not paying her for two years

PUBLISHED: 16:22 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:38 19 May 2017

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They refused to pay her for two years

A married doctor and nurse who didn’t pay a woman for two years of domestic work and stopped her from using their bathroom after trafficking her into the country from Nigeria will be sentenced next month.

Doctor Ayodeji Adewakun, 44, and her nurse husband Abimbola Adewakun, 48, both from St Katherine’s Road in Erith, trafficked their victim in from Nigeria in February 2007.

She was contracted to work from 7am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, looking after the couples’ children for £500 a month.

But two years into her time with the family, the victim, now 29, hadn’t been paid a penny.

When she confronted her traffickers over the lack of payment in May 2009, a bank account was set up, but only £350 was put into it for two years work.

After bringing it up, the couple stopped their victim from using the family bathroom and forced her to wash her clothes by hand.

During her time with the family, the victim was never given a day off, worked day and night and her health began to deteriorate.

She eventually escaped with the help of a family friend in June 2009.

But it wasn’t until January 2015 that Mr Adewakun was arrested, following a report from Migrant Legal Action.

Both Adewakun’s were eventually charged with trafficking for the purpose of exploitation in November 2015.

On Thursday, May 18, both were found guilty following a trial at Southwark Crown Court.

Det sgt Nick Goldwater said: “This couple deceived the victim by promising her a regular wage, which was far higher than her earnings in Nigeria. She hoped that she would be able to send money home and improve her family’s standard of living.

“In reality, she was made to work day and night and barely paid anything. She was subject to intimidating behaviour by Dr Adewakun, who exerted control over her by keeping her socially isolated and withholding her passport.

“I hope that these convictions serve as a warning to anyone else committing this crime and encourages anyone being exploited to come forward. I also hope it brings a measure of comfort to the brave victim in this case.”

Sentencing has been provisionally set for June 16.

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