Gambia charges Nigerian woman with human trafficking

Hands of a missing kidnapped, abused, hostage, victim woman tied up with rope in emotional stress and pain, afraid, restricted, trapped, call for help, struggle, terrified, locked in a cage cell.

State prosecutors at the Attorney General’s Chambers in Banjul have indicted one Jennifer Ozuem, a 29-year-old Nigerian woman with trafficking in persons after she allegedly trafficked her fellow Nigerian to Gambia for the purpose of prostitution.

She appeared earlier Tuesday afternoon before a high court Judge in Banjul charged with one count of trafficking in persons and another count of importation of persons into The Gambia contrary to the TIP Act .

After her brief apperance, the trial judge adjourned the case to 19 October 2021 for full hearing while remanding the suspect in state custody pending plea taking.

Meanwhile, Justice ministry in a brief statement following the apperance of the 29-year-old accused, reiterated its zero tolerance policy on trafficking in persons. “Those found liable for participating or aiding in the trafficking of victims will be swiftly arrested and prosecuted,” the justice ministry said.

The victim, named withheld, was reportedly trafficked to The Gambia from Nigeria and forced into prostitution.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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