Two held in trafficking probe

A 34-year-old British man and a 25-year-old Nigerian woman have been arrested on suspicion of people trafficking after two Nigerian girls disappeared from foster care in Worthing.

Two charged with people trafficking

Two people have been charged with human trafficking by detectives investigating the disappearance of two teenage girls who were in social services' care in West Sussex. Odosa Usiobaifo, 34, and Katie Ighha, 25, both from Enfield, north London, are accused of conspiracy to traffick for exploitation.

Joy Igaharo, 17, and Esohe Ida-Ogabono, 15, went missing on Good Friday after saying they were going to church. The pair disappeared from care in Worthing six months after arriving in the UK from Nigeria.

One of the girls was returned to the UK after being stopped in Spain while showing her passport at border control. Police have not revealed which girl was brought back. The other teenager has not been found.

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Trafficking arrests follow Worthing disappearance

A 34-year-old British man and a 25-year-old Nigerian woman were detained. Credit: Home Office

Police investigating sex trafficking have made two arrests in north London linked to the disappearance of teenage girls from social services care in Worthing.

A 34-year-old British man and a 25-year-old Nigerian woman were detained in Enfield on suspicion of trafficking.

The man was also arrested on suspicion of abduction.

They were targeted as part of an investigation into alleged trafficking of young women from West Africa into Europe for sexual exploitation.

The arrests were linked to the disappearance of two teenage girls from care in Worthing in April, the Home Office said.

Chief immigration officer Jonathan Bush said: "We believe we have disrupted a significant organised crime group suspected of being involved in the trafficking of young women.

"We have made two arrests at the address we visited. Today's arrests were part of a six-month investigation. That investigation will continue with the evidence we have seized today."

A 34-year-old British man and a 25-year-old Nigerian woman were detained. Credit: Home Office