The Edo State police command has rescued six persons being trafficked to Libya and Tunisia.
One of the sponsors of the trip has also been arrested.
The all-female six victims who are between the ages of 16 to 19 were on their way to Libya and Tunisia in North Africa.
Standard Gazette gathered that the victims who dressed in Hijab to beat security checkpoints to their destinations are all indigenes of Edo and Delta states.
However, flowing from a tip-off, men of the Anti Kidnapping And Cybercrime Unit of the Edo state police command intercepted the victims around Isiohor in Benin city, Edo state.
Upon an enquiry, it was discovered by the police that they were being trafficked to Libya and Tunisia for prostitution and other illicit acts.
On the trip was one Godfrey Innocent, who was accompanying the underage persons as their sponsor.
The victims who were rescued in a Nissan space Bus with registration number DELTA ASB 68 YF were to be dropped at the boundary point between Nigeria and the Niger Republic, where they were to continue their journey to Libya and Tunisia.
Upon interrogation, the suspect Innocent Godfrey told the police, ” l was asked by one uncle Donald to follow the girls on the journey, and he gave me money for their welfare on the way”.
One of the young girls said,” l dropped out of Junior secondary School three and was learning how to make hair when brother Godfrey asked me to travel to Libya for house help job and prostitution if l like”.
Another victim said, “I did not pay any money for this trip. The man said l could pay him back in four months if l get to Libya”.
Another 17-year-old victim said, “I did not tell anybody, not even my parents, about the trip”.
Edo state commissioner of police, Philip Ogbadu, who confirmed the arrest, described the young girls’ journey as deadly.
According to the Edo state police boss, “We are going to transfer all the victims to the National Agency For The Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) for rehabilitation while the said Godfrey Innocent would be prosecuted”.
As at press time, officials of NAPTIP were already in the Edo state police headquarters in Benin city to take custody of the victims.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.