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Cablegate: Concurrence for Investigative Assistance - Ice

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SUBJECT: CONCURRENCE FOR INVESTIGATIVE ASSISTANCE - ICE

SENSITIVE

1. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requests the
assistance of the Regional Security Offices in Accra, Ghana and
Lome, Togo in support of a Human Trafficking / Forced Child Labor
investigation involving young females trafficked to the U.S. from
Togo and Ghana. Three targets have been arrested in the U.S. and
twenty-four Togolese and Ghanaian victims have been identified to
date, eight of which are juveniles. ICE is requesting assistance in
locating witnesses in Ghana and Togo for eventual interview by a
team of ICE agents in support of the prosecution of these
defendants.

2. The human smugglers travel to Africa to identify and locate
Diversity Visa (DV) lottery winners. The traffickers then purchase
derivative visa slots from these lottery winners, originally
designated for the beneficiaries' children. The traffickers
subsequently insert female impostors into those slots, who assume
the identities of the original applicants' children. The children
are lured, via their parents, under the guise that they will attend
school, learn English, and earn money to send home while in the U.S.
In reality, the young females are forced to work in hair salons in
the Newark, New Jersey area and any earnings are maintained by the
smuggling organization. The victims ultimately never attend school
nor remit money back home. The organization also retains the
victims' passports and fraudulently obtained Permanent Resident
Cards, and severely limits contact with their families back in
Africa.

3. The principal DV beneficiaries then use the money earned to pay
for their own visa applications and travel fare to the U.S. The
impostor victims often travel separately from the primary DV
beneficiaries, normally as follow-to-join aliens accompanied by one
of the smugglers or a designee.

4. On September 6, 2007 the ICE Special Agent in Charge (SAC),
Newark, New Jersey, executed three arrest warrants and five search
warrants resulting in the recovery of twenty-four Ghanaian and
Togolese female victims, eight of whom were juveniles. The
juveniles were placed into the care of several Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGO's) in the New Jersey area. More than $30,000 in
cash was also seized. The three defendants are identified as
follows:

DEFENDANT 1

Akouavi KPADE AFOLABI
DOB: 12/31/1954
a/k/a Gloria Lawson, DOB: 12/31/1967
a/k/a "Sister"
a/k/a "Selina"
Togolese Passports: A3004324 (Kpade) A3131603 (Lawson)
Alien Registration Number: A056454009
* DV-2 issued under fraudulent identity of LAWSON
Arrested 09/06/2007 in East Orange, NJ

DEFENDANT 2

Lassissi AFOLABI
aka "Fovi"
aka "Bogard"
DOB: 03/28/1963
Togolese Passport: A3138164
Alien Registration Number A079721435, class IR-6 (obtained through
fraud)
Arrested 09/06/2007 in East Orange, NJ

DEFENDANT 3

Derek HOUNAKEY
aka "Koko"
DOB: 01/12/1977
Togolese Passport: A3188139
Alien Registration Number: A047691991 (DV-2)
Arrested 09/06/2007 in East Orange, NJ

5. Each of the victims was interviewed by ICE and the United States
Attorney's Office (USAO) and they provided critical information
concerning their recruitment by traffickers, via their parents, in
Africa. Information from the corroborating witnesses in Africa is
necessary for the successful prosecution of these defendants. The
USAO is currently drafting a superseding criminal indictment against
the defendants charging them with Forced Labor, Trafficking for
Forced Labor, Alien Smuggling, and Visa Fraud.

6. Pursuant to victim interviews and debriefings of arrestees,
several potential material witnesses have been identified in Ghana
and Togo. The victims, and associated information, are listed
below. It should be noted that all of the victims were issued visas
out of the Consular Section in Lome, and that they were issued under
false identities. Those identities are also provided.

TOGOLESE VICTIMS

VICTIM 1 (JUVENILE)

BELLA HOUNAKEY, D/POB: 05/05/1991, Togo
a/k/a MARIE KPADE, DV-3, A057 536 079
Afagnan, Village House Pasmal
Potential witness: Hounakey ADJEODA (teacher)
Telephone: 228 962 7366


VICTIM 2 (JUVENILE)

BIENVENUE AWATOR, D/POB: 05/22/1992, Togo
a/k/a AMI KALIPE, DV-2, A058 030 523
Doulassame - ATAKPAME
Potential witnesses: Dora (mother) Vitos (father)
Telephone: (work) 228 440 0998;(cell) 228 908 7186; (father) 228 913
5889.

VICTIM 3 (JUVENILE)

ENYOVIE KODENYOR, D/POB: 06/19/1990, Togo
a/k/a ADJELE ATTISO, DV-3, A056 444 830
Notse, A.T.C. Notse Ville
Potential witness: Kossi Kodenyor. (father)
Telephone: 228 933 4939
Note: subject is cousin of BIENVENUE AWATOR

VICTIM 4 (JUVENILE)

ANNA HOUNAKEY, D/POB: 01/01/1995, Togo
a/k/a KAFUI HOUNAKEY, DV-3, A057 499 553
Afagnan, Togo
Potential witness: Uncle - name unknown.
Telephone: 228 085 7193

VICTIM 5 (JUVENILE)


KAFUI HUNAKE, D/POB: 11/24/1990, Togo
a/k/a FOUSSENA AMADOU, DV-3, A058 015 548
Afagnan, Togo
Potential witnesses: Ajo & Akua HOUNAKEY (parents)
Telephone: 228 940 9340

VICTIM 6

SOMI ADENEN, D/POB: 12/25/1985, Togo
a/k/a BERNADETTE DODJI, DV-2, A057 499 531
Aouda Village, Togo
Potential witness: Somiyalou AMOUZE (mother)
Telephone: none


VICTIM 7

BELLA AKUVI MESSIGA, D/POB: 01/30/1988, Togo
a/k/a HELENE YACOUBOU, DV-2, A057 517 845
Vogan, Gbohopeme Section
Potential witnesses: Kwame Messeko (father); Seyametor Attiso
(mother)
Father lives separately in Tabligbo
Telephone: 228 072 7199 (brother)

VICTIM 8

AMA "SANDRA" AHOEFA, D/POB: 10/11/1986, Togo
a/k/a DJATOUGBE ATADI, DV-2, A056 444 758
Adamavor, Rue Madonna
Father's name- Nicholas Mensah Ama
Mother's name- Abla Ama
Telephone# 228 928 2622

VICTIM 9

AWA FOFANA, D/POB: 09/18/1988, Togo
a/k/a REBECCA JOHNSON, DV-2, A058 006 411
Dapango village (near Nasabre)
Potential witnesses: Ali Zuba Fofana (father); Cheale Nakoriba
(mother)
Telephone: 228 931 7378

VICTIM 10

DEDE AMEVOR, D/POB: 07/17/1989, Togo
a/k/a ASSANA AMADOU, DV-2, A058 015 547
Hilakonji Village, close to Benin border
Potential witnesses: brothers, listed below
Telephone numbers: Simon: 228 099 9977;
Francois: 228 918 4886; Norbert 228 994 1695

VICTIM 11

AKUA KPONGE (DADA), D/POB: 09/18/1988, Togo
a/k/a DEDEVI APEDO, DV-3, A055 065 735
Potential witnesses: Adansi Zomatsi (father);
Akuazoer Lartey (mother)
Telephone: 228 960 585 (Tasi - cousin);
228 960 482 (Frank - cousin)

VICTIM 12

ABLAVI "TINA" AGUEKU, D/POB: 04/28/1987, Togo
a/k/a TITI NOWOUSSOU, DV-2, A056 444 847
Afagnan, Togo
Potential witnesses: Abalo Agueku (father); Akouvi Aguekou (mother)

VICTIM 13

ROSINE EMEFA "DOVENE" HOUNAKEY (JUVENILE)
D/POB: 03/27/1990, Togo
a/k/a SOPHIE AWATOR, DV-2, A055 099 912
Anfame, Lome Port
Father: Romain Apelete Hounakey
Mother: Melanie Samati
Telephone #s 228 013 1364 ; 228 972 1783

VICTIM 14

AMEYO DGITO ADJAKPO, D/POB: 05/21/1983, Togo
a/k/a BELLA MABOUI, DV-2, A056 392 629
Djonkouve Village
Father: Kodjo Adjakpo
Mother: Rebecca Katakpa
Telephone: 228 996 7542

VICTIM 15

CECILE KOSSI, D/POB : 11/03/1984, Togo
a/k/a AWA AMADOU, DV-2, A056 444 750
Atakpame, Togo
Father: Komla Kossi
Mother: Adjo Koza or Kossi

VICTIM 16

KAFUI ABLA SONGOH, D/POB: 01/01/1985, Togo
a/k/a KAFUI GOEH AKUE, DV-2, A055 065 722
No additional information available

GHANAIAN VICTIMS


VICTIM 17 (JUVENILE)

ATA KOKUO-ANFO, D/POB:06/12/1990, Ghana
a/k/a SISI JOHNSON, DV-2, A057 524 369
Towebaabi (or Tewobaabi)
Has not contacted family in Africa to date

VICTIM 18 (SISTER OF VICTIM 22) (JUVENILE)

SRODA XEDAGBUI D/POB: 12/22/1990, Ghana
a/k/a RACHELLE MAWUTODJI, DV-3, A055 058 826
Fiagbedzu, Dzoze, Ghana
potential witnesses: George Xedagbui (father);
Sonyedade Xedagbui (mother)
Tel: 233 246 416 531

VICTIM 19

VIDA ANAGBLAH, D/POB: 12/25/1984, Ghana
a/k/a VIVIAN ADJESSON, DV-2, A057 517 902
Dzoze, Ghana potential witnesses: Kofi Anagblah (father)
Akosua Kudite (mother)
Potential witnesses: family can be contacted through the family of
PEACE HOMERNYOR (VICTIM 20)

VICTIM 20

PEACE "ABLA" HOMERNYOR, D/POB: 01/01/1984, Ghana
a/k/a LATRE AKPEDJE LAWSON BODY, DV-3, A055 065 806
Dzodze, Ghana
Potential witnesses: Dasosi Homernyor (father) ;
Ami Yaw (mother);Felix (brother);Charite (sister)
Telephone: 233 245 22 1922 ; 233 245 07 7372

VICTIM 21

SEFAKOR KASA, D/POB: 01/01/1987, Ghana
a/k/a VIVIAN MENSAH, DV-2, A057 530 257
Towebabaa (spelled phonetically), Ghana
Potential witnesses: Yayaa Nowoussou (mother)
Telephone: 233 274 52 6206

VICTIM 22

AMINYE "AMI" XEDAGBUI, D/POB: 02/07/1987, Ghana
a/k/a SOETO AFOLABI, IR-7, A079 721 437
Fiagbedzu, Dzoze, Ghana
Potential witnesses: George Xedagbui (father);
Sonyedade Xedagbui (mother)
Telephone: 233 246 416 531

VICTIM 23

VIVIAN ADJEI, D/POB: 04/26/1986, Ghana
a/k/a LATRE HOHOANU LAWSON BODY, DV-3,
A055 065 808
Kumasi, Ghana
Potential witnesses: Robert Prince Adjei (father, in U.S.) ; Afua
Tweneboah (mother)

VICTIM 24

ROSE AKU SEGLAH, D/POB: 12/28/1977, Ghana
a/k/a ABLAVI HOUINATO, DV-2, A055 020 157
Dzoze, Ghana
Potential witnesses: Korsi Seglah (father) ;
Storwhey Seglah (mother)


7. In the event that witnesses are successfully located and agree
to cooperate, ICE SAC Newark Agents, accompanied by the ICE Attache
overseas personnel, will request authorization to travel to Togo and
Ghana in order to conduct interviews in support of this
investigation.

8. Assistance is also requested in locating and obtaining documents
relating to the victims' true identities.

9. Please note that the ICE Attache office in Paris, France covers
activities in Togo and the ICE Attache office in Pretoria, South
Africa covers activities in Ghana. Upon concurrence, these ICE
Attache offices will coordinate with RSO Accra and RSO Lome
respectively.

10. Please reference ICE Attache Paris case number PA15IR07NK0005
and ICE Attache Pretoria case number PJ15IR07NK0005 in any
correspondence.

11. Points of contact:

Paris: Assistant ICE Attache Richard Jolles, 2 Avenue Gabriel #
A-225, 75008 Paris, France. Telephone: 33-1-4312-2371; fax:
33-1-4562-3639; e-mail: richard.jolles@dhs.gov; JollesRA@state.gov.

Pretoria: ICE Attache Willis Reeves, 9300 Pretoria Place,
Washington, DC 20521-9300. Telephone: 011-27-82-858-2291, fax:
011-27-12-431-4747; e-mail: willis.reeves@dhs.gov;
ReevesWT@state.gov.

12. Thank you for your assistance.

Lydia St. John-Mellado, ICE ATTACHE, PARIS, FRANCE
STAPLETON

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