Because of tuition, school-aged girls lured into prostitution

A woman simply known as Madam Success has reportedly lured four girls said to be looking for money to return to school into prostitution.

The underaged girls (names withheld) were lured from Akwa Ibom to Agbor in Delta State after Madam Success told them she had a job at a pub for them. But they were allegedly put in a brothel and made to copulate with at least five men daily.

The girls said to be aged between 13 and 15 years, have 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.

The commissioner in conjunction with men of the Nigeria 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 neighboring Delta State.

A press release by the commissioner’s media aide, Chidimma Ikeanyionwu, said Madam Success was on Friday arraigned before the Children, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Magistrate Court in Awka, where she was denied bail and also remanded.

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 parlour, but on getting there, we discovered that it was prostitution work they brought us to do.

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“The men pay the sum of N1,000 or N2,000 directly to our madam, who only gives us N400 every day 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 they had 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 would never run away or we would die.”

They lamented that it was in their quest to secure their school fees that they got lured into the act.

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