Girls with different sizes, ages, heights, and complexion usually seen sitting in front of shanties along the railway line, Abattoir in the Agege area of Lagos.
They are bonded by prostitution one of the oldest trade on earth. Some of which were suspected to be involve in a victim of human trafficking while some were aware of what they are coming to do in lagos and others claimed they were deceived with employment promises.
One of the victims mary Effiong, 19, from Akwa-ibom, who was declared missing five months ago. efforts put by her family in finding her but all proved abortive.
Nwanna Edet Effiong, her sister was said to have reported her disappearance of her sister to the Police.
During the process of searching for her, news reached her family that she was seen around Agege area of Lagos.
The family informed the Police in Lagos, who swung into action and tracked her to Abbatoir, where her indulgence in prostitution was exposed.
After investigation by the police it was discovered she was not alone in the act.
23 other girls, also from Oron, Akwa-Ibom, some of who were teenagers, were also involved.
To the amazement of the police team, one of the girls that was discovered by the police was said to be 13 years old.
According to report girls had been declared missing, as they reportedly left home without informing their families.
The girls were identified as: Precious Okon Edet, 21; Offong Mary, 19; Favour Ime Bassey, 22; Blessing Steven, 17; Success Edet, 20; Ndifreky Okoh, 24; Queen Okon, 21; Alice Edet, 20; Blessing Esin, 21; Mary Etim, 20; and Faith Sunday, 25.
Others were: Sonaj Beauty, 23; John Agnes, 13; Miracle Effiong, 23; Oriong Patience, 20; Effiong Blessing, 20;Vivian Edet, 23; Amanda Effiong, 14; Joy Timothy, 21; Edet Patience, 20; Sunday Glory, 20; Goodness Effiong, 19; Sandra Effiong, 20 and Gift Emmanuel, 27
We learnt that those who mostly patronized the ladies were criminals, who either passed the night with them after the operation, or spent some time with them before going for an operation.
Some of their customers were also said to be pickpockets and hoodlums who hide under the cover of the dark to harass citizen passing by along that route.
During interrogation with some of the girls by the police, it was revealed that they slept with at least six men per day, depending on the number of men that came visiting daily.
One of victim, said, “The least number of men we slept with a day was six depending on the number of men that came daily.
“Our customers were okada riders, malams (abokis), and even traders.
“Some of us have regular customers. For me, I don’t like ‘abokis’ because some of them don’t take their bath.
“Sometimes I allowed okada riders but only those who smell nice. I may not be rich but I like people who don’t have body odour”.
Another victim, Effiong, said, “we used to collect N1,500 for the service. It is a standard charge.
“But we had to bring down the amount to N1,000 because of COVID -19, when customers were no longer coming.
“We usually pay N1000 per day for the shanty but the agents would collect the money we made in a day”.
Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Elkana Bala, when contacted, he confirmed the rescue of the girls and said, “ four male suspects who were members of the trafficking syndicate were arrested.
“They are :Okon Felix, 32; Michael Etim, 22; Victor Asuquo, 35 and Goodness Ebiefie, 32. Investigation is still ongoing”.