NIGERIANS in the United States (U.S.) are among those who have benefited from the American government’s fight against human trafficking, according to the U.S. Attorney-General, Eric Holder, in a government statement released yesterday...
"According to him, “this modern-day slavery is an affront to human dignity, and each and every case we prosecute should send a powerful signal that human trafficking will not be tolerated in the United States.
“Among U.S.-based Nigerians are some who were brought here from Nigeria on false pretences but made to act as house-helps by other Nigerians here without any legal rights or appropriate human and working conditions afforded them.
"For instance, last June a U.S.-based Nigerian couple in Texas was sentenced to 20 years for enslaving another Nigerian woman for over eight years,” the U.S. official said. The U.S. Justice Department said Emmanuel Nnaji (50) who was already a naturalised citizen of the U.S., and Ngozi Ihechere Nnaji (40) his wife forced a widow and mother of six children into labour for over eight years, after she was promised that in exchange for her work in the U.S., her children, including one suffering from a chronic illness, would be cared for in Nigeria..."