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Nigerian couple arrested in UK for alleged human trafficking (photos)

Nigerian couple arrested in UK for alleged human trafficking (photos)

- A couple has been arrested in the UK for alleged human trafficking

- They were accused of trafficking their 37-year-old nanny into the United Kingdom

- Ayodeji and Abimbola Adewakun are accused of brutalizing their nanny over wages disputes

A medical doctor, Ayodeji Adewakun and her husband, Abimbola Adewakun, have been arrested in the United Kingdom for alleged human trafficking and violent abuse of their nanny.

According to DailyMail, the pair is accused of trafficking a Nigerian woman, Iyambo Olatunji , into the UK to work as their nanny for 18 hours.

They allegedly beat up the woman after she requested a higher pay for her work.

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NAIJ.com gathered that the couple allegedly paid Olatunji 20 pounds (N8,140) per week to baby sit their two young children at their home in Erith, South East London.

The 37-year-old nanny told Southwark Crown court that she was forced to work long hours, clean the house and prepare dinner for the couple.

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Olatunji who was originally promised 450 pounds (N183,150) per month claimed that she was slapped by both the husband and wife when she asked for higher wages.

She explained that the Adewakuns' met her back in her home town of Ondo State where she was working as a secretary for the local government in return for 40,000 naira.

Mrs Adewakun invited Olatunji who already worked as a house help for her family in 1990 to make the trip to London to work as a babysitter.

Olatunji said: “Aunty Ayo said she would look after me. She said I would be fine, she said she would pay me money, a salary. The salary would have been higher than the one I was earning in the local government.”

She further added that Ayodeji’s brother accompanied her to the British Embassy to get her passport and held onto it until they landed in the UK.

The babysitter claimed she was made to get up at 6am to get the children fed and off to school before tidying the home during the day and preparing meals for the evening.

"I am not sleeping at 8pm or 9pm, it is midnight, she did not pay me. Both of them did not pay me, they just gave me £20 on Friday."

According to Olatunji, she was slapped three times by the doctor when she asked for more money.

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In a diary kept by the victim, she wrote: “She slapped my face twice. The day I will never forget in my life, the first time in history that somebody has slapped my face.”

Doctor Adewakun and her husband Abimbola, however, denied obtaining services by deception and trafficking a person into the UK for exploitation.

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