been arrested by the police in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for
allegedly turning six girls to sex slaves.
who hails from Ahiazu Mbaise, Imo State, and a suspected accomplice,
Collins Madueke, 28, were arrested in the Apo area by the Special
Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector-General of Police.
victims, whose ages ranged from 19 to 22, were found locked up in a room
before the police rescued and handed them over to officials of the
National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other
John, Nancy Azubuike, Chiamaka Eze, Amarachi Chinedu and Beauty Ndulue –
reportedly told the police that they were lured by the suspects to
Abuja to become commercial sex workers.
and Charity. I divorced my husband three years ago because he always
beat me. I went into commercial sex work as a means of survival. I
started the work in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. I was told commercial
sex was more lucrative in Abuja, so I relocated here in 2015.
could make more money by recruiting some girls to work for me. I
brought the girls and the agreement was that I would pay them N100, 000
after six months. I also promised to take care of their feeding.
Chinedu and John. The other girls were brought by two women known as
Mama Cynthia and Azonto.”
the first week of June, I was in my shop when Chinedu (one of the girls)
approached me saying she wanted to learn hairdressing. The following
day, she came back with four other girls and they all said they wanted
to learn as well. I know them as apprentices.”
she slept with no fewer than 15 men in a day, adding that Daniel made
N20,000 from her daily.
State. I dropped out of secondary school. My parents were aware that I
wanted to go to Abuja to learn a vocation. My friend told me it would be
commercial sex work. What I did not understand was that we would be
locked up in a room.
day because they loved my services and always asked for more. I normally
made between N15,000 and N20,000 every day, but the money went to madam
(Daniel). I was asked to stay with her because there was no
accommodation. The police stormed the place where we were locked up and
Aba, Abia State, said, “It was one Aunty Joy who brought me to Abuja
and handed me over to Madam Azonto. Madam Azonto promised to give me
N200,000 after six months if I agreed to be a commercial sex worker.
girls and brought our food to the same room. Every evening, we were
taken out to different joints where we slept with several men. I
normally collected N1,000 per round from customers.”
kept in the room and someone usually brought food for them through the
window. When we got there, we forced the door open and we discovered
that there were six girls.”