Church pastor jailed for trafficking child slaves

March 21, 2011 / voice-onlineco.uk

A CHURCH pastor has jailed for illegally trafficking children from Nigeria to work as slaves for her family.

Lucy Adeniji, known at her evangelical church TLCC Ministries, as Reverend Lucy Williams, forced her victims to work for up to 21 hours day - washing, cooking and cleaning her five-bedroom home in Barking.

But the 45-year-old, who worked part-time for Newham Council as a youth worker, also used violence to torture her victims, aged as young as 11, such as rubbing pepper in their eyes and genitals to keep them under control.

Judge Simon Oliver, sentencing at Isleworth Crown Court, branded her an “evil hypocrite” and handed her an 11-and-a-half year jail term.

Detective Inspector Gordon Valentine said: "At just 11-years old, a time when any child should rightfully be at school, this poor young girl was forced to feed her keepers' children, wash their clothes and do the household cleaning, with little or no access to the outside world. Not only this, but she was in a strange country and beaten for her loyalty."

Adeniji was rumbled after one of her victims, now 23, reported her to the police in 2009 to tell officers of her abuse and exploitation.

She had been smuggled into the UK in 1997 and used as a cheap carer for Adeniji’s four children who had previously been looked after by Eastern European au pairs, the court heard.

The victim was not enrolled in school, not registered with a doctor and was not allowed to have friends.

On one particular occasion in 2006 she recalled how the author of two books, Parenting God’s Way and Carry a Seed, beat her unconscious with a stick following an argument over a fish meal. It was witnessed by a second housegirl who had joined the family.

At around the same time, the victim said a pastor at church had given a sermon about parental responsibility and childcare which spurred her on to run away.

In April 2010, she was charged with actual bodily harm, neglect, facilitating illegal immigration and eight offences of fraudulently obtaining British passports. She was found guilty of all offences.

Assistant Director Julie Reene, from the UK Border Agency, said: "This was a truly shocking case in which vulnerable children were trafficked into the UK and treated appallingly.

“Adeniji exploited her victims in the most terrible ways.”

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Right Parenting: God's Way by Lucy Adeniji, from Amazon:

Parenting shouldn't be about the difficulties of raising your kids; it should be about the joy and fulfilment! Right Parenting; God's Way. helps you deal with the challenges of parenting ... so you can enjoy the journey of parenting.This book gives you practical, relevant advice all from Biblical perspective. Right Parenting; God's Way helps you deal with the challenges so you can start experiencing the joy that is real. I often wonder why we, as parents, are so reluctant to tell our children how valuable they are to us. In Matthew 19:14 (NIV) Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."Jesus saw the little children as a very important part of His kingdom. That is because without them; we have no future. The children are a pure expression of God's love. They don't have to break through the barriers that plague adults. That is why Jesus said, "Truly I say unto you, unless you repent and become like little children, you can never enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3 (AMP)So therefore, enjoy time together with your family. Spending a few hours in God's creation (swimming, fishing, playing at a park) can be a wonderful way of keeping relationships fresh in a busy family. As parents, we can show our love by setting aside special times with our family. Communicating warm, loving approval to our children doesn't just happen naturally.

Lucy Adeniji is a woman of excellence who believes that God can do everything because He is God our Jehovah Jireh, He can do exceedingly and abundantly more than what we can ever imagine or think. Lucy is the founder of TLCCMINISTRIES, where the Lord cares; She is a qualified family therapist/counsellor and a youth worker. She is also a member of the Association of Christian Counsellors in the UK and also in the USA. She believes ever so strongly that God is able to make something out of nothing like in her case with longing for the fruit of the womb to having her heart desires. To God be the glory she is now a proud and fruitful mother of five Children of her own and few others adopted. Lucy is happily married to Eric, her sweetheart.

Of note, this woman was "an active member" of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

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