NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Togolese citizen living in New Jersey has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison for his admitted role in the smuggling of girls and young women who were forced to work at hair braiding salons.
At sentencing Monday in federal court in Newark, 47-year-old Lassissi Afolabi also was ordered to pay more than $3.9 million in restitution to the victims.
Afolabi pleaded guilty last year to conspiring with his ex-wife and her son to commit forced labor.
His ex-wife is due to be sentenced in September. Her son has been sentenced to 55 months in prison.
Prosecutors say that between October 2002 and September 2007, at least 20 girls and young women were brought from Togo using fraudulent visas and forced to work for no pay.
Damn. This gives the term “the price of beauty” a whooooole new meaning! Black women, we have to be careful where we spend our money!!! We need to start researching the companies we buy from and the stylists we go to!
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