To whom it may concern.
Re: Aminet Mary Adenugba d.o.b. 20th November 1970 Nigeria
Also known as Rosaline Sola Akinbolaji d.o.b. 20th November 1977
Home office Reference Number A1354068/
I am writing this letter of support for Aminet Mary Adenugba because I think she should be allowed to remain in the UK. Mary’s asylum claim was originally refused in January 2012 and again in November 2012 after the UKBA had agreed to look at it again. Her appeal against this decision will be held at the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal in Manchester on May 10th.
When I heard about what had happened to Mary I was struck by the injustice of her situation and I am urging you to grant her asylum in the UK.
Mary is an innocent victim not a criminal. She was exploited by the traffickers into coming to this country and once here was enslaved and forced to work as a prostitute. Her story has been verified by the Poppy Project and accepted as true by the UKBA special unit on trafficking. The experience has left her very vulnerable and with serious mental health problems.
The British Government has signed up to the EU protocol on trafficking which says that trafficked people should be treated as victims and given support. This support can only be achieved here in the UK where she is safe and where she has friends to help her and very importantly where she can get the vital medical help she needs.
She is terrified of being sent back to Nigeria where she fears being targeted again by the traffickers and also of being further abused by her father for converting to Christianity.
Mary is a good citizen, she is making a valuable contribution to this country, helping others where she can and taking an active part in the life of the community through her church and voluntary groups. She has been proactive in cooperating with the police about the trafficking.
Mary is an innocent victim of trafficking. She has been seriously damaged by this horrible crime but with the help of her many friends she is slowly overcoming this personal tragedy. Britain is her home and her only source of support and security. Please let her stay.