Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad have arrested a 15-year-old primary school leaver allegedly engaging in prostitution.
She was arrested alongside John Okon, the owner of Collabor Hotel, an inn on Ige Street, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos, and his hotel manager, Emmanuel Thomas, for allegedly hosting underage s*x workers in the facility.
One Destiny Bassey, 19, and 18-year-old Bright Effiong, who was said to have been at the inn for three years, were also picked up by the operatives. The hotel operators admitted to providing service for the s*x workers, except the 15-year-old girl.
According to reports, the 15-year-old girl was said to have been brought from her village in the eastern part of the country by one Monica Ita, a few weeks ago, on the pretext that she (Ita) would get her a good job.
The hotel manager, Thomas, said, “It is true that we provide rooms for s*x workers where men visit them. We collect N5,000 from them (the s*x workers) every week. We don’t give them out to men; they bring their customers themselves.”
In an interview, the 15-year-old revealed that Ita persuaded her to come to Lagos when she (Ita) saw her playing around the village. She said, “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.”