Wednesday, 18 November 2015

British couple convicted for enslaving a Nigerian “House boy” for 24 years

The Harrow Crown Court in northwest London on Wednesday convicted a gynaecologist and his wife for enslaving a “houseboy” at their home for 24 years, forcing him to carry out menial tasks for 17 hours a day and monitoring his movements using a security camera.

According to, Dr Emmanuel Edet, 61, and his wife, Antan, 58, a senior NHS nurse at Ealing hospital, were convicted by a jury of bringing the teenage boy illegally into Britain at the age of 14 and putting him to work as an unpaid cleaner, cook, odd-job-man and carer for their two children.

As the family moved around the country with increasingly well-paid jobs for Dr Edet, their victim – Ofonime Sunday Edet, now aged 40 – was forced to sleep on the hallway floor of their homes even after their children had grown up.

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