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A number of the girls who were recently rescued from a brothel by security operatives and officials of the Anambra State Ministry of Women and Social Welfare have come out to narrate how they were made to pay their madam ₦40,000 daily to remain in business.
The sex slaves said that they were made to pay the money before being distributed to men for sex.
The victims, who ranged in age from 15 to 25, also alleged that each male they slept with paid them a pitiful N1,000 while they were required to make refunds of N10,000 to N15,000 each night.
One of the females alleged that in order to earn enough money for the returns, she was compelled to sleep with 50 men in a week.
According to some of the victims, they were brought to Awka by two women, whose names they gave as Ifeoma and Chika from their places in Izza, Ebonyi State on the promise of securing jobs for them, not knowing that they were being lured into prostitution.
One of the girls said: “The women who brought us to the brothel seized our phones and other belongings before handing us over to another woman called Ezenwannyi, who notified us that before we will be released, we must bring N150,000 or serve her for a period of one year.
“We were able to use a whistleblower’s phone to get across to our families, who in turn, notified the Women Affairs Ministry, which with the help of the police, raided the brothel.”
One of the parents of the victims, Mrs. Uchechi Friday, said immediately her daughter got missing, she lodged a complaint at the Police station in Abakaliki, adding that she was shocked when she received a call from her daughter, which made her to seek help from the Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare in Anambra State.
She commended the Anambra State Commissioner, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Obinabo, for her prompt response and urged parents to always be mindful of their children’s welfare and whereabout.
In her reaction, Obinabo spoke of the state government’s resolve to end all forms of child kidnap, trafficking and sexual slavery in the state.
The owners, who use underaged girls in running their businesses would face the law, assuring that the current case of sex slavery in the state was already receiving the attention of Governor Chukwuma Soludo, who has vowed not to treat the matter with levity.
Obinabo said she had since contacted the victims’ family members after taking them to hospital for medical examination and possible treatment.
She also explained that the case had since been transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Awka for comprehensive investigation and possible prosecution.