NAPTIP renders 300 sex workers homeless in Calabar

NAPTIP renders 300 sex workers homeless in Calabar

No fewer than 300 commercial sex workers in Calabar, Cross Rivers State Capital have been rendered homeless by the federal government. The two brothels were sealed on Thursday by the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP for harbouring under-aged commercial sex workers. Leader of the NAPTIP operation team, Mr. Godwin Eyake, said


No fewer than 300 commercial sex workers in Calabar, Cross Rivers State Capital have been rendered homeless by the federal government.

UNDER-AGED SEX WORKERS

The two brothels were sealed on Thursday by the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP for harbouring under-aged commercial sex workers.

Leader of the NAPTIP operation team, Mr. Godwin Eyake, said that the operation followed an order of the Federal High Court in Calabar.

“We are carrying out the order of the Federal High Court, Calabar, to seal the brothels pending the determination of criminal investigation against their owners,” he said.

Eyake said, the agency had earlier carried out a raid on the brothels after it was discovered that they were harbouring under-aged girls for prostitution.

According to him, “we had taken the owners of the brothels to court and the court ordered the sealing of the brothels pending investigations.

“So, we are here to carry out the court’s order. It may be temporary or permanent; the court will decide”.

Eyake, who is the Director of Operations, Uyo Command of NAPTIP, described the use of under-aged girls for prostitution as “very sad,” adding that the agency was determined to rid the zone of child trafficking and prostitution.

OFFICIALS OF NSCDC AND NAPTIP STAFF DURING ON ENFORCEMENT

He said, “There are many of such brothels in Calabar but with time, we will visit all of them.

It is criminal to use under-aged girls for prostitution, whether within Nigeria or outside the country.

“NAPTIP is out for the perpetrators of this ugly act and anybody caught will face the full weight of the law”, he said.

At at the time of filing this report, owners of the brothels have sent a negotiating team through the back channel to reach out to concerned authorities with a view to resolve the puzzle.

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