Group, NAPTIP, Police Raid Brothels, Round Up 11 Underage Prostitutes

A non-government organisation Concerned Journalists For Human Rights in collaboration  with the Police and officials of the National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in  Persons and other related matters, NAPTIP have rescued 11 underage girls who were  being used as prostitutes from three different brothels in Lagos State, southwest  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 were  rescued at Onibegiloju Hotel, along Oshodi Road, Oshodi.

Speaking with P.M.NEWS after  the operation, the National President of the  organisation, Comrade Charles Ojo said the human rights group decided to take the  action as  underage girls have taken fully to the flesh trade.

“In 2007, we carried out this kind of exercise but it was more of an awareness  campaign. This time around, any brothel habouring underage girls will be  sanctioned.”

When P.M.NEWS sought to know the sponsors of the programmes, he said all the members  of the group contribute money to run the organisation and appealed to corporate  bodies and well-meaning Nigerians to assist the group to fight the scourge.

Asked  the role of NAPTIP in the fight against underage prostitution,  he said, “the  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 coming  out to render our service. As you know, we don’t get paid for this. That is why we  contribute money to run our organisation.”

“Let me use this opportunity to warn all brothels operators to send the underage  girls in their brothels away or face the wrath of the law.”

—Yusuf Muhammed

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