A Nigerian national, Augustine Omini Obono, who abducted a 12-year-old girl, fed her drugs, and forced her to have sex with up to six men daily for three months, has been sentenced to three life imprisonment terms a South African court in Gauteng.
The Gauteng North Supreme Court has issued three life sentences for human trafficking, rape, legal rape and sexual exploitation. Obono was sentenced to three years for kidnapping and seven years for running a brothel.
The spokeswoman for the National Law Enforcement Agency, Lumka Mahanjana, said in September 2016 that the girl was with her friends in a park in Derdepoort been to a picnic when she met a woman who asked her to escort her to an apartment in Sunnyside, Pretoria, where she would meet a man.
“The woman promised the minor that that she would give her taxi money to go to Mamelodi the next morning, “he said.
When they arrived at the apartment in Sunnyside, the woman gave Obono to the minors for sexual exploitation or use as a prostitute.
“Obono kept the minor in the apartment for three months,” Mahanjana said to six men a day.
“In December 2016, the minor finally managed to escape and closed down her uncle to Mamelodi. When she arrived, she informed her uncle what had happened. The uncle reported the matter to the police and the minor pointed out the apartment she was staying in, “she said.
When the police went into the apartment, they found Obono and arrested him and he was custody of the apartment since.
Like Nigeria, South Africa is on the “Tier 2 watchlist” for human trafficking. Tier 2 represents countries whose governments do not fully comply with the Minimum Standards of the Victims of Human Trafficking Act (TVPA) but are making significant efforts to comply with these standards.