The girls who are mostly primary and secondary school students, aged between 12 and 13 years, are often taken there by a middleaged known as Sani Pangu, who puts them in cubicles inside the sex camp.
According to one Isiaku Ado, who resides around the locality, the said Pangu is the security man guarding the farm used for the act, adding that Pangu works with one lady called Mummy to lure the girls into the act. He explained that Mummy goes out to hunt for the girls without any adult noticing her intention, saying that she takes them to Pangu who negotiates the amount to be paid to each of the trafficked girls, which is not more than N500.
“Everyday, teenage girls are brought in here to have sex with men who wait in turn behind the building. The girls are kept in each room in the chalet by one Mummy who sells bread.
“We always know that Mummy is the brain behind the influx of the girls. As a woman, Pangu decided to use her as his main source of getting the young girls. The most thriving time in the camp is during school hours. Instead of the girls to go to school like their mates, they are cornered to the place while their customers who are mostly okada men wait anxiously to have sex with them,” he said.
Aminu, a pump attendant at a filling station opposite the camp, explained that the camp has been in operation for a long time, adding that the place is set alight by the beer parlour near it as most of the drunkards go there in numbers after drinking to rap the day up by having sex with the girls.
He disclosed that following the arrest of suspects a couple of weeks ago, it has remained shut as the illicit activities in the place have been put on a hold.
“Since the arrest of the syndicate operating the sex camp, the crowd that used to queue to have sex with the girls has disappeared as the place has since become a ghost of its former self,” he said.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Grace Lami Makama, while explaining the method engaged in clamping down on the camp, said someone had to disguise as a customer to get into the real picture. She said the intervention of the Immigration officer who had disguised as one of the customers in the business wanting to have set led to the bursting of the camp.
To avoid any suspicion by operators of the sex centre, the commissioner said the officer had indicated his willingness to be part of the deal by agreeing to pay the N500 required of him to have access to the girls’ services.
Not suspecting any foul play, the commissioner said one of the suspects, Sani Pangu, meet with the girls and the deal was sealed.
Weekly Trust was informed that ahead of the agreed date, the Immigration officer intimated the Niger State Ministry of Women Affairs about his discoveries and a combined team was subsequently raised. The team invaded the six-room farm house where the girls were being sexually abused by some men.
Mrs Makama confirmed that at least two of the entire members of the syndicate were arrested, saying one Sani Pangu and Sani Abdul have been picked up and handed over to the authorities of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Abuja.
It was gathered that Pangu and Abdul used to collect N500 from each of the prospective customers. They keep N300 for themselves while they give the girls N200 per round of sex with each partner. The place which is less than five kilometres away from Minna was being ruled by Pangu, who is allegedly mentally unstable and known for roaming aimlessly around the area.
Investigations by Weekly Trust further revealed that the thriving sex camp was believed to have been patronised by some prominent individuals in the state who hid under darkness to pay discreet visits to the hide-out to have a feel of the girls, a revelation which explains why the place was not under the exclusive patronage of okada men.
It has been revealed that the two arrested suspects in connection with the syndicate are now with the NAPTIP at the Abuja headquarters, while the girls have been handed over to their parents in Minna. The trafficked girls have received counselling from experts on child abuse in the state Ministry of Women Affairs and have since been re-integrated to the society and asked to return to school.