§ 73. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the result of the trial at Abakaliki in Nigeria a year ago in respect of slave dealing and child stealing; and what evidence has now accumulated to indicate the present extent of this traffic.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
The trial to which I think the Question refers resulted in 67W the conviction of the four accused persons. They were sentenced to terms of imprisonment ranging from two to five years. There has been a slight increase so far this year in the number of prosecutions of slave dealing and child stealing in Nigeria, but this is thought to be largely due to increased willingness on the part of the public to report cases to the police.