Nigerian Grabbed for Alleged Human Trafficking

A Nigerian native by name Princwill Agonkorkon who is based in Ghana has been grabbed by the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the police service for allegedly trafficking a 20-year old Nigerian girl to practice prostitution in Ghana. Narrating the incident to PEACE FMS Maame Efua Koomson, who rescued her on the streets of Weija , the victim, Joy Augustine said she agreed to travel to Ghana with the suspect (Princwill Agonkorkon) based on an agreement made between her family based in her native Nigeria and a brother of the suspect. After the agreement and the necessary traveling arrangements made by Princwill, she would use Ghana as a transit point to facilitate the acquisition of her visa to travel overseas. However, on their arrival in Ghana, she was amazed to hear from Princwill that her supposed transit point (Ghana) was final destination. She said it was while at Weija in the Greater Accra Region that she was made to understand that she was in Ghana to practice Prostitution. According to her, when she refused, she was beaten and instantly thrown out of the house when she demanded to be taken back to her homeland, Nigeria. I slept on the streets of Weija on Saturday night as I had nowhere to go, she cried as our reporter approached her. Following her rescue, she was sent to DOVVSU who responded swiftly and arrested Princwill Agonkorkon for questioning. When Chief Inspector Irene Oppong Public Relations officer of DOVVSU was contacted on how the suspect was arrested, she said her outfit through their information gathered got hold of Princwill on Wednesday dawn in his home. As at now he has been questioned and an element of possible human trafficking have been realised, for that matter he is been kept at the Anti Human Trafficking Unit of the police service together with the victim for further investigations, Chief Inspector Irene Oppong stated. For a case of this nature between two countries, she said there was a need to relate with the Nigeria embassy but at this premature stage it has not reached that level. We have to prove beyond all reasonable doubt that a crime has been committed, she told PEACE NEWS.