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Sentence hearing Victims of sex trafficking ring in Ireland describe their ordeal as two women jailed

Judge Francis Comerford said the victims were effectively “indentured slaves” who were exploited for “commercial gain.”

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Alicia Edosa and Edith Enoghaghase were found guilty of human trafficking, prostitution and money laundering.  (Pic: Thomas Gibbons)

Alicia Edosa and Edith Enoghaghase were found guilty of human trafficking, prostitution and money laundering. (Pic: Thomas Gibbons)

Alicia Edosa and Edith Enoghaghase were found guilty of human trafficking, prostitution and money laundering. (Pic: Thomas Gibbons)

Two women have been jailed for their roles in trafficking sex slaves in Ireland in the first case of its kind in this country.

Alicia Edosa (47) and Edith Enoghaghase (31) were sentenced today following their convictions for trafficking, organising prostitution and money laundering after a six-week trial last May.

Ms Edosa was sentenced to five years and eight months and Ms Enoghaghase to five years and one month while her husband Omonuwa Desmond Osaighbovo (30) got 27 months suspended for his conviction on four charges of money laundering.

Four women who were victims of the pair told how they had undergone Juju rituals involving their bodies being shaved and cut with razors in Nigeria after being promised regular jobs in Ireland.

The spiritual ceremonies left them believing they were in danger of dying or their families coming to harm if they disobeyed the women.

Mullingar Circuit Court heard that the curses have since been lifted by the King of Nigeria.

Judge Francis Comerford said the victims were effectively “indentured slaves” who were exploited for “commercial gain.”

He also said the fact Escort Ireland is allowed to advertise prostitution makes it “ridiculously easy” to advertise people as prostitutes “completely against their will.”

The garda investigation began in May 2018 when two of the women walked into Store Street Garda Station and reported being forced to work as prostitutes.

A third woman’s ordeal emerged during an interview she gave to UK authorities when applying for asylum after escaping from Ireland.

A fourth victim came forward after an Irish friend she had made helped her leave the vice operation and gave her a place to live.

Three of the women were in court today as their victim impact statements were read out in which described how they were lured to Ireland where they were forced into prostitution.

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They each had been approached in their native country and offered jobs in Ireland and later supplied with bogus travel documents

One woman told how she realised what work she was expected to do when brought to a sex shop in Dublin shortly after her arrival at Dublin Airport.

The women were told they told they owed the various sums for the fare to traffic them to Ireland the highest being €60,000 and the lowest €35,000,

Edith and husband brought their three kids along when they picked up one of the victims at Dublin Airport in July 2017.

Another explained she was dressed in lingerie and made to pose for photos which were used to advertise her online as a prostitute.

The women ended up working in brothels all over Ireland.

The woman who managed to escape to the UK with the help of a client said the defendants had earned €46,000 from her “blood and sweat” from which she didn’t “get a dime.”

All four victims detailed the deep physical and mental scars caused by their ordeal which lasted several months and some spoke of never feeling they can be intimate with a man again.

Counsel for Ms Enoghaghase, a mother of three, said his client had herself been a victim of trafficking and had been rescued by gardaí from house in Sligo when she was just 16.

In Ms Edosa’s case it was heard she had been raped repeatedly as a child after the death of her parents and after following the breakup of her marriage in Ireland she opted to work as a prostitute in 2017.

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