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Crime & Punishment of Friday, 22 May 2020


Ebonyi police investigate alleged sex trafficking of 20-year-old by aunt

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The Ebonyi State Police are investigating an alleged sex trafficking of a 20-year-old lady who was a subject of sex trafficking and exploitation by a suspect said to be her aunt.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Loveth Odah on Friday said that the victim, Miss Chinasa Chukwu, and her 2-year-old son's rescue was facilitated by the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Ebonyi Chapter.

Odah said that the victim was brought to Kpirikpiri Police Division in Abakaliki, having been allegedly exploited sexually by her aunt, a suspect who is now at large.

“Investigation is still ongoing in the division and I have confirmed that the girl was brought to the division by FIDA,” Odah said.

The state FIDA Chairperson, Mrs Grace Chima, told newsmen that it would ensure that the culprit was made to face the law.

“We got a report on May 20, on a case of sexual exploitation.

“We were told that a young girl was kept in a rented apartment by a woman, whom the victim identified as her aunt.

“We were also informed that the woman always sent in two to three men in a day to have sex with Chukwu while she watched and get paid at the end of the act.

“So, when we heard about this, we got there immediately on May 21, to rescue the victim from bondage,” Chima said.

The 20-years-old victim from Akaeze in Ivo Local Government Area of the state is currently pregnant and has a 2-year-old son.

“My aunt always brought two to three men each day to have sex with me in a rented apartment she got for me while she watched the act,” Chukwu said.

According to reports, a hairstylist, Mrs Chizoba Okemiri, who enrolled Chukwu as an apprentice in her salon, alleged that the victim was subjected to a brutal sexual trade and exploitation by her aunt.

She said that she reported “the matter to a staff of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), who now facilitated her rescue.”


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