Stanley Omoregie, a 35 year old Nigerian Pastor, has been arraigned before the Lyon court. He was arraigned on Wednesday, 6th November and charged with sex trafficking, he however denied the charges.
The Pastor denied running a prostitution racket and trafficking young girls from Nigeria to Europe. He however admitted he rented apartments to Nigerian girls but said he never suspected they were prostitutes.
“What do you think these women were doing to pay you rents of several hundred euros a month, without working, since they had no residence permit?”, the court president asked.
Pastor Omoregie responded by saying he never cared where the girls got the money for the payment of the service he provided them came from.
When presented with a text message in which he sent stating he wanted ”the best, those who are mature and have beautiful bodies”, the Pastor failed to give a clear answer. He then admitted he once heard the girls talking about being prostitutes.
The Pastor concluded his testimony by declaring ”May God kill me now if a girl has worked for me”.
Pastor Omorogie was presented by the Prosecution as the kingpin og a family-based syndicate made up of 14 women and 10 men, including one of Europe’s most wanted women, Jessica Edosomwan, who is accused of recruiting destitute women in Nigeria for the sex trade in Lyon, Nimes and Montpellier.