Re: [Stop-traffic] News/US: Couple convicted of enslaving Nigerian girls

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Subject: Re: [Stop-traffic] News/US: Couple convicted of enslaving Nigerian girls
From: Altink s.m. (s.m.altink@ipr.nl )
Date: Thu Aug 03 2000 - 02:03:54 EDT


Yes Jo,

I think the US considers it a problem of Third World Origin. Regardless if
you want to call it cases of traffic or cases of slavery, you never see a
description of a complex group of people involved and taking advantage of
the trafficked people.
Moreover, when they want to tackle the problem, they (Hillary Clinton et
al) want to send money to the Third World to combat the problem, never to
organizations that support and empower women in the United States. This
also reenforces the idea that traffickers are part of the fifth colonne
from the Third World.

Sietske Altink

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> Van: Jo Doezema <idp41@ids.ac.uk>
> Aan: 'stop-traffic@friends-partners.org'
> Onderwerp: RE: [Stop-traffic] News/US: Couple convicted of enslaving
Nigerian girls
> Datum: dinsdag 1 augustus 2000 18:43
>
> I haven't been keeping close tabs, but it seems to me that most of the
cases
> of trafficking tried recently in the US have involved immigrants or
people
> living in other countries as accused traffickers. Does anyone else get
this
> impression? If so, aren't their dangers of this increasing the
fear/hatred
> of migrants in the US?
> Jo
>
> Ms. Jo Doezema
> Ph.D. Candidate
> Institute of Development Studies
> University of Sussex
> Brighton BN1 9RE
> UK
> Tel: +44 (0)1273 606 261 ext. 4071
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>
>
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Melanie Orhant [SMTP:morhant@igc.org]
> > Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2000 4:39 PM
> > To: stop-traffic@friends-partners.org
> > Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/US: Couple convicted of enslaving
> > Nigerian girls
> >
> > Two more traffickers have been convicted! This is great news.
> >
> > Melanie.......
> >
> >
> > ____________________
> >
> > Couple convicted of enslaving Nigerian girls
> >
> > RTw 6-15-00 10:32 PM
> >
> > Reuters Ltd.
> >
> > By Gail Appleson, Law Correspondent
> > NEW YORK, June 15 (Reuters) - A federal jury has convicted a
former
> > New York City child welfare worker and her husband for smuggling two
young
> > Nigerian girls into the United States and beating and forcing them to
be
> > their servants.
> > Prosper Emeka Udogwu, 49, and Ifeoma Ezeonu Udogwu, 40, who had
been
> > living in Elmsford, New York, were convicted late Wednesday by a
Manhattan
> > federal jury.
> > The couple was convicted of all charges against them including
> > involuntary servitude, inducing an alien to enter the United States,
and
> > various immigration offences and making false statements to the
> > Immigration
> > and Naturalisation Service. Prosper Udogwu faces a possible maximum
prison
> > term of 40 years and his wife faces a possible 45 year term.
> > Until she was arrested in July 1999, Ifeoma Udogwu had been
employed
> > by New York City's Administration for Children's Services where her
duties
> > included investigating child abuse cases. She had been employed by ACS
> > since 1988 and had investigated child abuse cases until 1998.
> > At the time of her arrest she had evaluated the placement needs
of
> > children coming into foster care.
> > Ifeoma Udogwu was also convicted of mail fraud in connection with
a
> > scheme to fraudulently obtain thousands of dollars of Social Security
> > benefits that were supposed to be paid to her young niece and nephew.
> > Udogwu had claimed she would take care of the children when in fact she
> > had
> > sent them back to Nigeria.
> > Prosecutors said in 1987 the couple brought a 10-year old girl
named
> > Rosemary from Nigeria to be their servant and to provide child care for
> > their own children who were under the age of three at the time.
> > The evidence showed that the Udogwus did not enroll Rosemary in
> > school
> > until authorities began questioning them about her presence in the
home.
> > To
> > avoid any further investigation, they sent her back to Nigeria.
> > Later in 1989, the couple smuggled another girl Beatrice, who was
13
> > at the time, into the United States. She was forced to work as a
servant
> > for about nine years.
> > They barred her from speaking to anyone outside their home,
forbade
> > her from using the telephone, withheld her identification and other
> > documents, threatened to harm her family and beat her so severely that
she
> > was scarred.
> > In one 1993 incident, Prosper Udogwu beat her so hard that she
fell
> > down the stairs, cutting her arm on the stair rail. An FBI agent said
in
> > court papers that the girl's arm is still scarred from the beating. The
> > agent alleged that there were incidents between 1989 and 1998 in which
the
> > girl was forced to kneel on the floor and hold her hands above her head
> > for
> > long periods of time while she was beaten. The agent said the girl's
knees
> > are still scarred and discoloured.
> > In August 1998, when Beatrice said she wanted to leave the house,
> > the
> > couple refused to release her green card and beat her for more than an
> > hour. The case came to light when the girl's screams caused neighbours
to
> > call the police.
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