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Erith doctor and husband jailed for trafficking woman to UK for exploitation purposes

PUBLISHED: 14:34 20 June 2017

Abimbola Adewakun

Abimbola Adewakun

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They both received sentences of under a year’s imprisonment

A Erith GP and her husband have been jailed for trafficking a woman to the UK in order to exploit her.

Ayodeji Adewakun, 45, a doctor received six months imprisonment, and her husband Abimbola, 49, a nurse, has been jailed for nine months, when appearing at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday, June 20.

The pair were each also ordered to pay £10,000 in compensation to the victim.

The couple had brought the 29-year-old female victim to the UK from Nigeria to work at their home. She remained working for them from February 2007 to June 2009.

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

They didn’t pay her anything until May 2009, but she only ever received four payments totalling £350.

She was never given a day off, she worked night and day and eventually her health began to suffer. When she eventually confronted Dr Adewakun about the way she was being treated, her situation worsened. She was no longer permitted to use the family bathroom and was made to wash her clothes by hand. She eventually escaped in June 2009 with the help of a family friend.

The case was referred to the Met’s Modern Slavery and Kidnap Unit by Migrant Legal Action (formerly Afro-Asian Advisory Service).

Both defendants were charged on November 10 2015 with two counts of trafficking for the purpose of exploitation. They appeared for trial at Southwark Crown Court on Friday, May 19 where they were both found guilty.

Detective sergeant Nick Goldwater, said: “The couple deceived the victim into working for them by offering her a job in the UK with a regular wage. She accepted the job as the salary was higher than what she could earn in Nigeria and she believed that she would be able to send money back home.

“The situation she found herself in was one of servitude inflicted by a couple who withheld her identity documents, made her work long hours and paid her hardly anything.

“I hope the sentences handed down today provide the victim with a measure of closure and that they encourage anyone who is being exploited to come forward.”

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