A victim of human trafficking, Florence Abu, has testified against Russian based alleged human trafficker, Vivian Ehioze, who was arrested alongside her brother, Pastor Endurance Ehioze (pictured inset) after whistle blowers informed security agents about her arrival.
23-year-old Florence who was deported to Nigeria after she had suffered some strange ailment, accused the suspects of trafficking her to Russia when she was just 17 for prostitution.
Narrating to a Vanguard correspondent what really happened between her, Vivian and Emmanuel who are cooling their feet in prison after a magistrate court in Ekiadolor asked them to be remanded, Florence said;
“Pastor Endurance lured me in 2012 and said his sister, Vivian, will finance the trip. He further told me that I could pay off the sister off in less than two months after my arrival abroad.
I was surprised that Endurance, who is a pastor, later encouraged me to undertake a oath with his mother to make sure I refund them. The mother took strands of hair from my head, armpit, private part and she also collected my pant for the oath taking.
I was transfered to their elder brother in Lagos, who molested me till my visa came in February 2013. When I arrived in Russia, Vivian seized my passport and forced me into prostitution.
I started paying the money ($45,000} and once I finished paying, I was deported to Nigeria. Apart from that, I was inflicted with a strange ailment. The doctors treating me couldn’t handle my case.
I want to advise young girls hoping to be taken abroad to work that all that glitters is not gold. Many girls out there are dead and their parents think they are alive. Out of the 300 girls deported in the last one year, about 100 of them are HIV positive. Our girls should learn trades and empower themselves rather than going abroad for prostitution.”