Three young ladies have just been arrested by the Lagos state police after raiding a popular hotel in Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos. The hotel identified as Collabor hotel was paraded for allegedly accommodating underage girls for prostitution.
Punch reports that the owner of the hotel John Okon, the manager Emmanuel Thomas and alleged accomplice Monica Ita were also arrested by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) on Saturday, March 10.
Revealing the identities of the prostitutes, the police arrested 19-year-old Destiny Bassey, 18-year-old Bright Effiong and a 15-year-old girl whose name was withheld. The young girl is a primary school drop-out.
During investigation, the 15-year-old girl disclosed that Monita Ita brought her from the village located in the eastern part of the country few weeks ago after her parents died. While Bassey and Effiong disclosed that they have been in the business for about three years.
She said: “I finished from primary school two years ago but I could not continue my study because my parents died. Aunty Monica Ita came to the village and asked me to follow her to Abuja. She said she would get me a good job. Some days after I got to Lagos, she took me to the hotel to do prostitution. I had yet to get a room when the police came to pick us.”
The hotel manager, Thomas said: “It is true that we provide rooms for sex workers where men visit them. We collect N 5, 000 from them every week. We don’t give them out to men, they bring their customers themselves.”
19-year-old Bassey said: “Nobody forced me into prostitution. I have been hustling at the hotel for some years now. I send part of the money I make to my relatives in the village for the upkeep of my child. I don’t have parents and my husband is dead. I sleep with five men every day, so I make as much as N 10, 000. I pay the hotel N 5, 000 every week. I wanted to save enough money for my education.”
18-year-old Effiong also disclosed that she sleeps with five men every day, pays N3,000 week for her room. Effiong further explained that she got into the hotel in 2017 and some of her customers pay her N1,000 but makes sure she goes only one round with her.
The Lagos state Commissioner of Police Edgal Imohimi confirmed the arrest.
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