Evelyn & Bendicta belong to Wakefield

NCADC


Evelyn Obotse and her 4 year old daughter Bendicta Iyare from Nigeria were 'snatched' from their home in Wakefield at 6.45am on Monday morning, 8th May. They are now in Yarl's Wood Removal Centre and both extremely distressed.


Evelyn was trafficked from Nigeria in 1999 by a relative to Italy where she was used for sexual exploitation. During her time in Italy, Evelyn was made to work as a prostitute and gave up to 50,000 Euro's to the woman holding her. The woman kept other women against their will too. She beat Evelyn on many occasions, to the extent that her eyes used to bleed. Because at one stage Evelyn became pregnant, the woman beat her and poured hot water over her - she has burn marks on her legs from this. The woman made Evelyn abort the baby.



Evelyn became pregnant again but on this occasions hid it from the woman who was keeping her. It was after the birth of her daughter, Bendicta, in 2002 that Evelyn decided to escape. She was put in contact with a smuggler who agreed to take her out of the country.



She arrived in the UK in 2003 and claimed asylum. Despite all she had been through, her claim was refused. Evelyn feels her first solicitor did not represent her well and did not present some of the documentary evidence she had.

 

Evelyn has been very distressed and afraid for the last six weeks as she knew the Home Office were in the process of arranging travel documents for her return to Nigeria. Evelyn is terrified of returning to Nigeria and she fears she will again be re-trafficked. It is fairly common that victims of trafficking are re-trafficked on return to their country of origin.

 

Less that 12 months ago the woman from Italy who kept her contacted Evelyn asking for more money which Evelyn 'owed' her. The woman stated that she would hurt her family back in Nigeria and ensure that Bendicta was taken away from her. Evelyn has not heard from the woman since, however she has been informed by relatives that they are currently holding her mother back in Nigeria. Evelyn is also afraid as she fears her 14 year old sister may also be targeted by the traffickers.

 

Evelyn is terrified of being returned. There has been a great deal of lobbying and campaigning in recent months towards the Home Office from Human Rights organisations such as Amnesty International, advocating that temporary residence permits be granted to trafficked people who may be in danger if they return to their country, and/or who are required to assist criminal proceedings, as drawn up in the European Convention Against Trafficking.

 

What you can do to help

Friends and supporters have put together a model letter (below), that they are asking you to fax to the Minister for Immigration Tony McNulty. You can copy/amend/write your own version, asking him not to remove Evelyn & Bendicta from the UK.

Fax: 020 7219 2417 from outside the UK + 44 20 7219 2417

Tony McNulty
Minister for Immigration
3rd Floor
Peel Building
2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DF



Please notify the campaign of any faxes sent:
Evelyn & Bendicta Campaign
Jillian Hall
jillianhall@hotmail.co.uk

 

Sample letter

Tony McNulty
Minister for Immigration
Home Office
3rd Floor
Peel Building
2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DF

Dear Mr. McNulty,
Re: Evelyn Obotse and Bendicta Iyare, Home Office Ref: O1071138

I have made myself familiar with the case of Evelyn Obotse.

Evelyn Obotse was trafficked from Nigeria in 1999 by a relative to Italy where she was used for sexual exploitation. During her time in Italy, Evelyn was made to work as a prostitute and gave up to 50,000 Euro's to the woman holding her. The woman kept other women against their will too. She beat Evelyn on many occasions, to the extent that her eyes used to bleed. Because at one stage Evelyn became pregnant, the woman beat her and poured hot water over her - she has burn marks on her legs from this. The woman made Evelyn abort the baby.

Evelyn became pregnant again but on this occasions hid it from the woman who was keeping her. It was after the birth of her daughter, Bendicta, in 2002 that Evelyn decided to escape. She was put in contact with a smuggler who agreed to take her out of the country.

She arrived in the UK in 2003 and claimed asylum. This claim was refused despite her experiences. Evelyn also feels her first solicitor did not represent her well and did not present some of the documentary evidence she had.

Evelyn has been very distressed and afraid for the last six weeks, as she knew the Home Office were in the process of arranging travel documents for her return to Nigeria. Evelyn is terrified of being returned to Nigeria and she fears she will again be re-trafficked. It is fairly common that victims of trafficking are re-trafficked on return to their country of origin.

Less than 12 months ago the woman from Italy who kept her contacted Evelyn asking for more money which Evelyn 'owed' her. The woman stated that she would hurt her family back in Nigeria and ensure that Bendicta was taken from her. Evelyn has not heard from the woman since, however she has been informed by relatives that they are currently holding her mother back in Nigeria.

Evelyn is terrified of being returned. There has been a great deal of lobbying and campaigning in recent months towards the Home Office from Human Rights organisations such as Amnesty International, advocating that temporary residence permits be granted to trafficked people who may be in danger if they return to their country, and/or who are required to assist criminal proceedings, as drawn up in the European Convention Against Trafficking.

Please do not send Evelyn and Bendicta back to Nigeria, release them from detention and allow them to remain in Wakefield where they have strong support.

Yours sincerely,

Name ……………………………………………………

Address ……………………………………………………

……………………………………………………………. Post Code……………………

Country: ……………… Date: ………………
 

 

May 2006

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