Men of the Ogun State Police Command have rescued 22 teenage girls who were lured from Akwa Ibom State to the state for prostitution.
They were rescued in an operation coordinated by the Area commander Ota, Muhideen Obe on Friday.
A statement by the Command’s PPRO, Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Saturday said the police team received information that the minors were being recruited from other states as commercial sex workers at KOLAB hotel in Itele Ota.
The hotel was besieged by the police at about 8:00 pm, where the 22 teenagers whose age ranges between 10 and 14 were rescued.
“On interrogation, the girls narrated how they were lured from their respective villages in Akwa ibom state to Ogun state, with the promise to employ them as sales girls in restaurants and supermarkets, only for them to get to Lagos and transferred to a brothel in Ogun state as commercial sex workers.
“They narrated further that, they were deprived of using phone or any communication devices, therefore, making it impossible for them to reach out to their parents or relations,” the statement read in part.
Oyeyemi added that the manager of the hotel, Isaac Ogbaji and ten other male suspects were arrested during the operation.
He said that the State Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, had ordered the family support unit of the Area command, Ota to take over the case by identify the recruiting cartel and bringing them to justice.