COLLABORATIVE RAID IN ANAMBRA RESCUES DOZENS OF TRAFFICKED GIRLS
Mrs. Ify Obinabo, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare in Anambra State, orchestrated a collaborative effort with the local police to rescue approximately twenty young women aged between fifteen and twenty-five from a brothel located in Oba, Idemili South Local Government Area of the state. Notably, two of these rescued individuals were teenagers, and the Commissioner promptly arranged for their medical examination and potential treatment.
The operation unveiled that the hotel's management had engaged in the trafficking of girls from various parts of the country for purposes of prostitution. Following the successful rescue, Honorable Obinabo expressed gratitude for the Nigeria Police Force, Anambra State Command's assistance in this endeavor, while expressing concern that despite the state government's extensive efforts, some individuals persisted in violating the law.
Furthermore, Mrs. Obinabo reaffirmed the state government's unwavering commitment to eradicating all forms of child kidnapping, trafficking, and sex slavery within the state. She urged the residents of Anambra to promptly report any suspicious activities within their communities for swift action.
The rescued girls, aged between 16 and 24 years, disclosed that they had been brought to the brothel under false pretenses, often by acquaintances who promised them legitimate employment in the hotel. However, upon arrival, they were coerced into prostitution. Their phones and personal belongings were confiscated, and they were handed over to another woman who informed them that they would only be released if they earned a specific amount of money or served for a year.
Regarding their daily earnings, the girls indicated that they earned between 4,000 and 10,000 naira on weekdays and 15,000 to 30,000 naira on weekends, all of which were collected by their respective supervisors. They further revealed that they paid a daily rent of 3,500 naira from their earnings, and the remaining funds were for their sustenance.
To meet their daily nutritional needs, the girls received 500 naira each morning, and their meals were provided by the security personnel stationed at different areas within the hotel. Shockingly, the girls reported engaging with up to ten clients per day to meet their assigned targets, fearing severe beatings from their superiors if they fell short.
The ministry confirmed that the arrested suspects would be prosecuted before the Children, Sexual, and Gender-Based Violence Magistrate Court in Awka.