Human trafficking victim testifies in court


June 2, 2015 By Hawa Amara

One of the victims of a botched human trafficking, Alusine Sillah, 9, yesterday told a Freetown Magistrate Court how he was allegedly trafficked by his elder sisters.

While testifying at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1, presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, the victim told the court that the other victim is his elder brother and that sometimes in April 2015 the accused persons took him from his mother on the pretext that they were going to Makeni en route to Freetown for him to attend school.

The witness stated that he and the accused persons came to Freetown and stayed at Deep Eye Water, east of the city, with an uncle. He said on the second day first accused (Nanah) asked he and the second accused (Fatmata) to go outside as she discussed with some relatives.

“As we went outside the house, I overheard the first accused saying that I have come with the boy and we want twenty million Leones for him. Immediately I overheard that I started to cry and I wanted to run away, which I did, and I asked about the chief in the community, but my aunt came and took me back to the house,” he told the court.

He said it take time before some police officers came and arrested the accused persons and took them to Waterloo Police Station.

While being cross-examined by defence counsel I.P. Mamie, the witness told the court that he had never being to Freetown and Makeni until the accused persons travelled with him on the pretext of he coming to attend school, although he did not like the idea.

The accused persons – Nanah Janneh and Fatmata Janneh – were arraigned last week on five counts of conspiracy to commit a felony and human trafficking contrary to laws of Sierra Leone.

According to the particulars of offence, the duo, on diverse dates between 20 and 22 April, 2015 trafficked their victims, Alusine Sillah and Abdul Karim Janneh.

The matter was adjourned to 8 June, 2015 for furthering.