The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Seme Division, said a suspected human trafficker and smuggler was arrested in Seme, Lagos State on Thursday.
The command’s Controller, Comptroller Joshua Ajisafe, who made this known to NAN said that the suspect specialised in tricking young girls with a promise of providing legitimate well-paid jobs to them in the Republic of Benin.
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According to Ajisafe, the suspect used to take advantage of the unsuspecting girls to put them into prostitution and sex slavery.
“On Oct. 16, our officers in Seme intercepted three young girls (names withheld) from Kaduna State.
“Upon interrogation, it was revealed that they were Nigerian ladies, who had fallen victims of human trafficking.
“They had luckily escaped from their captor and were trying to cross the border back to their homes in Nigeria.
“It was discovered that the arrested smuggler deceitfully took them out of Nigeria to Cotonou for prostitution,’’ Ajisafe said.
He said that whenever the suspect’s victims attempt to escape, she would lay debt bondage on them.
“In case any of them want to elope or report her to security agents, she would cut their pubic hair, finger nails, armpit hairs and threatened them with lunacy.
“These girls would, against their own will, agree to prostitution and sex slavery.
“The woman would further promise them freedom after each of them have paid her a huge sum of money through the prostitution business,’’ the comptroller said.
“Our intelligence team swung into action and made all necessary investigation to apprehend the suspect.
“We were able to arrest the perpetrator, who had subjected several Nigerian girls to slavery in a hotel in the Republic of Benin, in coordination with the police in Benin Republic, within five days,” Ajisafe said.
The inspector added that the suspect was handed over for further necessary action to the National Agency for the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).