Young woman's life of
misery after being trafficked
A young African woman was 'treated like a slave' for six
years after being brought to the UK to live with a couple in
Dela Logostou, 25, from Togo, was taken to Nigeria and then
flown to this country to work as a nanny for Oluremi Omotoye and
his wife Taiwo.
Her name was changed to Salamatsou Rokosu and she was exploited
and abused, both verbally and physically.
At St Albans Crown Court on Monday Oluremi, 50, and Taiwo,
43, of Sherwood Court, High Road, Leavesden, Watford, were
convicted by a jury of trafficking a person for exploitation.
Prosecutor Ann Evans said Dela had a difficult upbringing. Her
mother left the family when she was young and her father married
several other women. Her education stopped when she was eight and
she was sent to work in local markets and shops.
She came into contact with a friend of Taiwo Omotoye, who said
she was looking for a nanny to care for her children in the UK. She
was taken to Nigeria, but did not understand what was going on as
she did not speak the language.
Dela worked as a housekeeper in Nigeria for two years between
2005 and 2007, before a visa was obtained for her to come to the
UK. It was in the name of Salamatsou Rokosu and gave her date of
birth as two years earlier.
"Once Dela arrived in the UK in 2007, things could not have been
further from that which she had been promised. She was expected to
work 60 hours a week. This appeared to increase to 62 and a half
hours in 2010. She was not told what her working hours would be, or
what her working hours were or when she would be paid. In her
words, she was treated live a slave. Whatever she was told to do,
she had to do it or she was verbally used," said Mrs Evans.
Dela was also expected to work at an after school club called
Groovy Kids that Mrs Omotoye had set up.
The jury heard that the couple did not treat her as a family
member and she did not have her own room or bed. She was made to
sleep on a mattress in the couple's daughter's bedroom, even though
the daughter was away at boarding school.
Mrs Evans went on: "Each time Dela did something that was not to
Mrs Omotoye's satisfaction, she would be verbally abused and
humiliated by her. She would be called stupid and idiot and would
be ridiculed for her limited education and family background.
"Dela was also physically abused and assaulted by both of the
defendants. She would be slapped and struck with a belt as a
means of punishment."
She did not have a set salary. A bank account was set up in her
name, but she did not have access to the account or money. Her
passport was taken away and, although she had a key, she had to ask
permission to leave the house.
On 11 December 2013 there was an argument between her and Mrs
Omotoye because Dela had not made her dinner. More threats were
made and Dela ran away. She confided in a co-worker at Groovy Kids,
who called the police.
The next day the Omotoyes reported her missing. They said she
had been treated as a family member.
Judge Jonathan Carroll granted them bail while pre-sentence
reports are prepared, but he warned them: "The level of offence is
such that custody is highly likely. "
Sentence will be in the middle of January.
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