She did it to save business

The other woman sentenced to life, Mohammed Fauziya, 35, is a mother of three who was trying to make fast money to save her business.

Back home in Ghana, she ran a business selling clothes but it was not doing well, according to court documents.

In June 2011, when travelling from Ghanaian city Kumasi to its capital Accra, Fauziya met a woman whom she knew only as Nana.

After hearing about Fauziya's business situation, Nana told her about a friend, known only as Young, who could help finance the fledging business.

In return, she would have to travel to another country with luggage. Fauziya agreed.

On Feb 16, 2012, Fauziya arrived in Niger, in west African, after two days of travelling and met Nana and Young. She put up at Young's home until she left for Singapore.

Before her departure, Fauziya was given a black suitcase full of traditional African clothing and told to pack her clothes in it too.

Shortly after, Young took Fauziya to the airport where he handed the bag to someone he knew before handing her some items including US$3,000 ($4,200), a SIM card for use in Singapore and hotel reservation papers.

She transited in Doha, Qatar, before coming to Singapore.

She did not stay at the arranged hotel because the taxi driver was unfamiliar with the area and took her to the Golden Royal Hotel on Desker Road.

After she handed the luggage to Komal, Fauziya moved to a Serangoon Road lodging house, where she was arrested.