The joint operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the New Delhi Police, have arrested a foreign-based alleged human trafficker, Joy Shandy Okah in a deliberate operation targeting big-time traffickers outside Nigeria.
The successful operation also led to the rescue of three Nigerian victims of forced prostitution in New Delhi, India. Explaining how the operation was coordinated, the Head of the International and Intelligence Cooperation Unit of NAPTIP, Mrs. Angela Agbayekhai, said, “On December 12, 2021, NAPTIP received an SOS via email from a 17-year-old girl who was deceitfully trafficked from Nigeria for forced prostitution in India.
She requested the intervention of the NAPTIP for her rescue and that of other Nigerian victims held captive and forced into the sex trade by one Joy Shandy Okah, a Nigerian based in India.
NAPTIP networked with the Indian-based NGO Vihaan-WMS through intelligence sharing, which resulted in the rescue of the three victims and the arrest of their trafficker at New Krishna Park near Well Pharmacy Vikaspuri, New Delhi – India.
The victims were recruited from Edo, Delta, and Rivers States, Nigeria, and trafficked to India for sexual exploitation by Joy and her accomplices. One of the victims traveled from Nigeria on September 17, 2021, while the other two arrived in India from Nigeria on December 14, 2021.
The victims were subjected to oath rituals in Nigeria before their eventual travel. The victims traveled with questionable Passports and Student Visas. They were eventually held captive in New Delhi by their trafficker, Joy. Their phones and travel documents were seized and they were forced into prostitution to pay up a debt of N4.5m each until their rescue on January 6, 2022.
Joy is currently facing trial in an Indian Court since 7th January 2022 after her arrest and the victims who are currently in a safe house linked to Vihaan-WMS and assisting the authorities in this regard”.