By Christian Smith
A woman suspected to be one of the ringleader of a criminal network involved in trafficking young women from Nigeria to Europe for sexual exploitation has been charged with modern slavery offences.
Josephine Iyamu, 50, of Wilson Grove, Bermondsey, south east London, who was arrested after landing at Heathrow airport from Lagos, is accused of arranging to facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation.
She is to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on September 22.
A 59-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of money laundering and has since been released under investigation.
Senior Investigating Officer Kay Mellor said: “Criminals involved in modern slavery see their victims as a commodity that can generate income over and over again.
“They are adept at hiding their activity and often exploit individuals who are vulnerable and may not be missed.
“The NCA, with our partners, is turning over stones, seeking out the individuals who are profiting from this trade, prosecuting them and safeguarding the vulnerable people they exploit.”