Suspected ringleader of European child trafficking gang arrested in Nigeria


Asemota is currently being held by police in Nigeria

A woman believed to have facilitated the illegal trafficking of around forty girls from Nigerian villages into Europe between 2011 and 2012 is now under arrest in Nigeria.

Franca Asemota, 36, the suspected ringleader of a child sex trafficking gang, has been arrested in Benin City, Nigeria, and is set to be extradited to the UK following intelligence revealed that she smuggled young girls through Heathrow airport to be used as sex slaves.

Asemota was arrested by police in Nigeria following intelligence gathered by the National Crime Agency, who said: “Asemota’s arrest was the result of exceptional collaboration with our partners at home and in Nigeria.”

Child trafficking remains a major problem here in the UK and globally. According to the latest figures from Unicef, at least 10 children are trafficked every week in the UK.