Human Interest

Four girls lured into prostitution while looking for school fees

Human trafficking

Four girls who were said to be looking for money to return to school have been lured into prostitution by one Mrs Success.

The girls (names withheld) were lured from Akwa Ibom to Agbor in Delta State, after a trafficker identified as Madam Success told them she had a job in a beer parlours for them, but were allegedly put in a brothel and made to sleep with at least five men a day.

The girls who are said to be aged between 13 and 15 years have however been rescued by the commissioner for women and Children’s Welfare in Anambra State, Mrs Ify Obinabo in Onitsha, where their trafficker was also arrested.

According to Chidimma Ikeanyionwu, media assistant to Obinabo, the commissioner working with men of the police force stormed a park in Onitsha on a tip off and rescued the girls, while also arresting the trafficker, as they were boarding a bus to Delta State.

Ikeanyionwu in a press release said Madam Success was on Friday arraigned before Children, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Magistrate court in Awka, where she was denied bail and also remanded, while Obinabo has vowed to ensure the such people are brought to book.

The girls while narrating their experiences said: “Auntie Success told us that she has a job opportunity for us in Agbor, Delta State, where we will be selling drinks in a beer parlor, but on getting there, we discovered that it was prostitution work they were brought to do.

“The men pay the sum of N1,000 or N2,000 directly to our madam who only gives us N400 everyday for feeding. The direct payment to Madam Success made it difficult for us to have any cash at hand.

“These dresses (skimpy clothes) were bought for us from the proceeds which people pay to our madam, that was what she told us.”

The girls said thay have made several attempts to escape, but were always caught and punished severely.

“After the punishment we were taken to a herbalist who forced us to take an oath that we will never run away or we will die.

They lamented that it was in their quest to secure their school fees that they got lured into the act but appreciated the effort of the state Commissioner for women and social for coming to their rescue and giving them shelter.

Ifeizu

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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