A non-government organisation Concerned Journalists For Human Rights in collaborationÂ with the Police and officials of the National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic inÂ Persons and other related matters, NAPTIP have rescued 11 underage girls who wereÂ being used as prostitutes from three different brothels in Lagos State, southwestÂ Nigeria.
In a surprise raid, the group rescued three girls at Atlantic Hotel, Ikeja.
At Jas Hotel, Mafoluku, four girls were rescued while the other four girls wereÂ rescued at Onibegiloju Hotel, along Oshodi Road, Oshodi.
Speaking with P.M.NEWS afterÂ the operation, the National President of theÂ organisation, Comrade Charles Ojo said the human rights group decided to take theÂ action asÂ underage girls have taken fully to the flesh trade.
â€œIn 2007, we carried out this kind of exercise but it was more of an awarenessÂ campaign. This time around, any brothel habouring underage girls will beÂ sanctioned.â€
When P.M.NEWS sought to know the sponsors of the programmes, he said all the membersÂ of the group contribute money to run the organisation and appealed to corporateÂ bodies and well-meaning Nigerians to assist the group to fight the scourge.
AskedÂ the role of NAPTIP in the fight against underage prostitution,Â he said, â€œtheÂ work of NAPTIP is enormous and they cannot be everywhere.
“That is why we as a human rights body decided to contribute our own quota by comingÂ out to render our service. As you know, we donâ€™t get paid for this. That is why weÂ contribute money to run our organisation.â€
â€œLet me use this opportunity to warn all brothels operators to send the underageÂ girls in their brothels away or face the wrath of the law.â€