A woman identified as Glory Abang has been sentenced to two years in prison for allegedly endangering the life of a 12-year-old child in Niger State.
The woman was said to have engage the child in exploitative, injurious activities that were hazardous to her physical, social and psychological development.
Abang, a mother of three, who lives at Chief Palace, Goram, was taken into custody by officers of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, back in July 2015.
She was said to have taken her half-sister from Akwa Ibom State to Niger State, promising the girl’s parents that their child will be sent to school but engaged her in activities that were exploitative, including sleeping in a poultry facility at her residence.
The presiding judge of Federal High court sitting in Minna, Hon. Justice .Y. Bogoro convicted the woman and sentenced her to two years imprisonment.
She was sentenced in accordance to section 23(1) (b) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.
The section reads, “Any person who employs, requires, recruits, transports, harbours, receives or hires out a child to do any work that is exploitative, injurious or hazardous to the physical, social and psychological development of the child, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a minimum term of 2 years but not exceeding 7 years without an option of fine.”
Reacting to the ruling, the Acting Director-General of NAPTIP, Alhaji Abdulrazak Dangiri applauded the Judge for the urgent attention given to the case, whiling appealing to the Judiciary to ensure speedy trial of human trafficking cases.