SHE is known in Eurpoe to be well connected in the 'crime world', and addressed as 'Mama'. She is from Edo State,
Nigeria but prefers to be called upon by Trust-her self-giving first name to allegedly earn the trust of her
'preys'. Her name is Trust Egharevba, a-36 year old Ishan woman from Esan Central Area (Irrua) in Edo State.
She has a little grocery store in Paris as a decoy, to take security agencies away from her real criminal intentions,
as she deals directly in human trafficking and international money laundering, there by highly sought after by French
Police due to an alarming rate of her criminal records. She kept hiding and disguising until she was eventually
Her Trial in Dublin
The prosecutor said described her as "A woman wanted in France in connection with an investigation into the trafficking
and forcing into prostitution of young women and money laundering has been brought before the High Court in Dublin."
It is on record that the French authorities had long been seeking the extradition of Egharevba ,a mother of three from
Nigeria, as part of their investigation into the activities of a criminal organisation involved in international
money laundering and human trafficking.
Accussed Position & Warrant of Arrests
Egharevba denies any involvement in any of these matters at the centre of the investigation. In a warrant seeking her
surrender, the French authorities say they have launched a criminal investigation into complaints that a number of young
Nigerian women have been trafficked into France via Italy.
The prosecutor maintaned that "On arrival into France these women, were forced into prostitution, mainly in Grenoble,
to pay off an imaginary debt of some €50,000 each to a criminal gang because the travel arrangements of the young women involved a number of female intermediaries described as “mamas”.
Police Invetigation allegedly showed that between April 2008 and March 2011, money procured from the women was laundered from France via Egharevba’s bank accounts in Ireland to Nigeria. French authorities also state that they believe that this criminal operation was operated in a highly organised manner.
Recently, the High Court heard that Egharevba was detained on foot of a European arrest warrant that had been issued by the French authorities in Lyon. Det Garda Sgt Martin O’Neill of the Garda extradition unit told the High Court that he had arrested Egharevba at Castlecurragh Park, Dublin, on foot of the European arrest warrant that had previously been endorsed by the High Court.
The detective said that when she was asked if she knew what the matters contained in the warrant were about, she replied: “No, I don’t understand.”
She refused to speak as no application was made for bail, however Proinsias Ó Maolchaláin, for Ms Egharevba, said it was hoped
to make a bail application as soon as possible as his client was the mother of three young children.
Mr Ó Maolchaláin added that Egharevba’s husband, who works as a bus driver, and her brother were prepared to act as
independent sureties for her.
However, the lawyers for the State said they were not consenting to bail, as they knew very little about Egharevba.
Mr Justice Cross adjourned the extradition application and made it returnable before the court in early October.
French Police Bust Nigerian Prostitution Ring
Meanwhile, the French police have broken up a Nigerian prostitution ring operating in several French cities.
The women were “modern-day slaves” forced to trade in sex to pay for their passage to France.
So far, 12 people have been charged with pimping, organised people trafficking and money-laundering in Bordeaux.
Most of the gang’s leaders in France are of Nigerian origin and have been arrested, they claim.
The women had to pay an average of 600 euros a month to pay off a debt of 60,000 euros undertaken in Nigeria so as they
could be smuggled into France. Most of them have reportedly not given evidence for fear of reprisals against their families
who are still in their country of origin, where the gang’s godfathers live.
Some are said to have been passed on to other gangs to continue to pay their debt.
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