NRIs to face trial for trafficking Indian for sex?
London: A Ghana millionaire of Indian origin, who is said to have threatened to bury an Indian woman trafficked for sex in his house in London, will face trial in October along with five other accused, including four Indians.
The four Indian citizens and two Ghana citizens of Indian origin were charged by Scotland Yard on 18 May for allegedly trafficking an Indian woman from Hyderabad for sex.
Balram Obhrai, 58, the Ghana citizen of Indian origin, is a computer entrepreneur from Northwood, London, and is said to have held a knife to the woman's throat and threatened to bury her in the garden of his house worth 3 million pounds.
The IT consultant and his Ghanaian wife, Shashi Obhrai, 53, an optician, are alleged to have forced the girl to work in their home and threatening her before she ran away.
The six individuals were produced before the Westminster Magistrates Court last week, when no pleas were entered.
Magistrates deemed the offences so serious that they sent the case for trial to Southwark Crown Court in south-east London.
The four Indians involved in the case are: Aleemuddin Mohammed (34, supermarket manager from Harrow), Shamina Yousuf (32, secretary from Edgware), Shanaz Begum (56, shopworker from St John's Wood), and Enkata Balapovi, (56, butcher from St John?s Wood).
The woman from Hyderabad has not been named. A case management hearing has been scheduled for 4 October at the crown court.
A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: "The Obhrais are husband and wife and are Ghanaian nationals. Mohammed and Yousuf are ex-husband and wife and are Indian nationals.
"Begum and Balapovi are husband and wife and are Indian nationals. Begum is the mother of Mohammed?.
The six face charges that include trafficking into the UK for exploitation, trafficking within the UK for exploitation, sexual assault on a female, and actual bodily harm.