Operatives of the Anambra State Police Command on Monday raided a hotel and rescued nine underaged girls used as sex workers.
The girls who are said to be within the age bracket of 15 – 23 years were taken away from the hotel while the owner of the brothel was arrested.
The state police spokesman, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, in a statement on Monday, informed that the police carried out the operation on the Awka-based hotel, following a reliable information from the state Ministry of Women and Social Welfare.
Ikenga assured that the rescued girls found in the brothel will be rehabilitated before they repatriated to their various states of origin, Punch reports.
He disclosed that the girls were lured with some money to Awka from Ebonyi, Enugu, Akwa Ibom and Rivers states by the proprietor of the brothel, and with a promise to given them more money to send to their parents in the village.
Ikenga stated, “Following the information received from Anambra State Ministry of Women and Social Welfare on Sunday at 6:00pm, police operatives stormed a hotel in Awka and rescued nine girls within the ages of 15-23years, used for sex slaves and arrested the proprietor of the hotel.
“Meanwhile, further interrogations/confessions of the rescued girls, revealed that the respective persons that brought them to the brothel lured/enticed them on the assurances of giving them jobs to alleviate poverty/needs of their parents and dependents.