VOICE AIR MEDIA
Richard Iginla, base information officer, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, announced the development on Sunday.
“We got the intelligence from NAPTIP, who had been tracking the brothels that camped juveniles, with some of them as young as 14 years of age. So, after NAPTIP shared intelligence with us, a joint team was set up and we immediately went into action to rescue the victims,” he said.
“No fewer than 50 young girls forced into prostitution were rescued, while three recruiters and operators of the brothels were arrested.”
Iginla identified the brothels as Royal Brothel and Cool Breeze Brothel, both located on Azikiwe road in Diobu area of Port Harcourt, adding that they had been shut down.
“Children are gifts from God, and we must do everything humanly possible to protect them from all forms of abuse and exploitation,” he said.
“On conclusion of our investigation, the suspects and victims will be handed over to NAPTIP for further investigation and possible prosecution.”
“NAPTIP, as the focal agency mandated to fight all forms of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, will conduct proper investigation, to ensure justice is served,” she said.
One of the girls rescued, who narrated her experience, said she was brought from her village.
“In a day, I sleep with more than 10 men, and whatever money I make, I give it to my madam. We hustle by wearing pants to seduce the men. After admiring what they see, they take us into the room, have sex with us, and give us money.
“We do a daily account of any money we collect to our madam’s sister, who calculates and gives us our cut.”