A couple from Erith who trafficked a woman into the UK and barely paid her for two years’ worth of work have been convicted.
Ayodeji Adewakun, 44, a doctor, and her husband Abimbola Adewakun, 48, a nurse, both of St Katherine's Road, were found guilty today (May 19) of trafficking for the purpose of exploitation after a trial at Southwark Crown Court.
The couple brought a 29-year-old victim to the UK from Nigeria on the promise of a job in February 2007.
She worked for the couple as a domestic cleaner until June 2009.
The woman was contracted to work from 7am until 5pm, Monday to Saturday, looking after the Adewakuns’ children for £500 a month.
She was not paid until May 2009, when she confronted Dr Adewakun about her lack of wages.
A bank account was then set up in which four payments, totalling £350, were deposited for more than two years’ worth of work.
The 29-year-old was never given a day off, working day and night without being permitted to use the family bathroom.
She escaped with the help of a family friend in June 2009.
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Nick Goldwater, from the Met Police, said: "This couple deceived the victim by promising her a regular wage, which was far higher than her earnings in Nigeria.
"She hoped that she would be able to send money home and improve her family's standard of living.
"In reality, she was made to work day and night and barely paid anything. She was subject to intimidating behaviour by Dr Adewakun, who exerted control over her by keeping her socially isolated and withholding her passport.
"I hope that these convictions serve as a warning to anyone else committing this crime and encourages anyone being exploited to come forward. I also hope it brings a measure of comfort to the brave victim in this case."
Both defendants were not charged with the offence until 2015.
They will be sentenced on June 16.