The circuit court “A” in Takoradi on Tuesday remanded Elizabeth Inaba Love, a 42-year-old Nigerian, for attempting to traffic seven young women from her country to La Cote D’Ivoire to practice prostitution.
Chief Inspector Alice Parker-Wilson, told the court presided over by Mr. Kwasi Boakye that on September 30, this year, the accused recruited seven young women between 20 years and 25 years old, from the Delta State in Nigeria, under the pretence of securing them hairdressing job in La Cote D’lvoire.
The prosecution said the group together with the accused arrived at Elubo, in the Western Region, on October 7, but could not cross to their final destination because the Ivorian side of the border was closed.
Chief Insp. Parker-Wilson told the court that the seven women and the accused became stranded, and attempted to cross the border through an unapproved route, but were stopped by a Nigerian Evangelist, complainant in the case.
The prosecution said the complainant, a member of Nigeria Diaspora Organisation in La Cote D’lvoire, identified the accused as the one who trafficked 15 young women three years ago, and was being wanted by the organization.
The court heard that an argument between the complainant and the accused drew the attention of the police, and they were arrested.
Chief Insp. Parker-Wilson said police investigations revealed that the accused was a member of a network of human traffickers, and that the victims were the third batch she had trafficked from Nigeria this year.
Judge Kwasi Boakye has directed that the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana be contacted so that the victims could be sent back to their country.