The Ogun State Police Command says it has rescued 22 teenage girls who were lured from Akwa Ibom State to Ogun State for prostitution.
The Command’s spokesperson, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday in Abeokuta, the state’s capital.
“In an operation coordinated by the Area Commander, Ota, ACP Muhideen Obe, the police team, upon credible intelligence, gathered that minors were being recruited from other states and used as commercial sex workers at KOLAB hotel in Itele, Ota. They stormed the said hotel at about 8 pm, where the 22 teenagers whose ages were between 10 and 14 years were rescued.
“On interrogation, the girls narrated how they were lured from their respective villages in Akwa Ibom State to come to Ogun State, with the promise to employ them as sales girls in restaurants and supermarkets, only for them to get to Lagos and were transferred to a brothel in Ogun as commercial sex workers.
“They narrated further, that they were deprived of using phones or any other communication device, therefore, making it impossible for them to reach out to their parents or relations. The manager of the hotel, one Isaac Ogbaji, male, 33-year-old, and other male suspects were also arrested during the operation,” Oyeyemi said.