Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Akwa Ibom State Command, have rescued two girls lured into prostitution from a hotel in the state.
The command’s spokesperson, DSC Ekerete Friday, in a statement, said the victims, aged 18 and 25 were rescued from a hotel in Ini local government area on Saturday, July 15, 2023.
Friday explained that the raid followed an intelligence report volunteered by one Glory, 17 years old, who was assisted to escape after being lured into sleeping with men at the hotel against her wish.
He said Glory was lured to work at the hotel as a sales attendant at the bar/restaurant section but in the course of her duties, she was mandated by Madam Imaobong to sleep with a man against her wish.
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The statement said, “The Akwa Ibom State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps acting on intelligence has raided a hotel in Ini LGA of Akwa Ibom State suspected to be engaged in under-aged prostitution.
“The raid which was carried out on Saturday, July 15, 2023 followed intelligence provided by one of the victims who was assisted to escape after being lured into sleeping with men at the hotel against her wish.
“The young girl, Glory (surname withheld) ‘F’, 17years, was taken from her parents to work at the hotel, as a sales person in the Bar/Restaurant section by a woman identified as Mrs Imaobong.
“She said she was carrying out tasks assigned to her until a customer pointed to her that he wanted her. The woman then gave her a condom and asked her to sleep with the customer, which she refused.
“She was able to escape through assistance, after which she reached out to NSCDC, who raided the premises.
“The operator of the hotel identified as Mr Ikpe and Imaobong were at large as at when operatives of NSCDC arrived at the hotel. Efforts to apprehend them are still on. Two ladies were picked up from the hotel; one is 18years old and the other is 25years old.
“In the statement voluntarily provided, the ladies affirmed that they please men from time to time and handover all monies generated from the act to Madam Imaobong.
“The suspect uses deceit of job offers to minors and young girls, only to use them for prostitution. The suspect changes their names once they get to the hotel. She gives them another name which they bear for prostitution purposes.
“One of the victims is a minor, while the other girl recently clocked 18years.”