One Madam Success has reportedly lured four girls said to be looking for money to return to school into prostitution.
The girls (names withheld) were lured from Akwa Ibom to Agbor in Delta State after Madam Success told them she had a job in a beer parlour for them but were allegedly put in a brothel and made to sleep with at least five men a day.
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.
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 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.
“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.