Police rescue three underage girls from forced prostitution in Lagos

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Officers of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have rescued three teenagers from prostitution at the Itamaga area of Ikorodu, Lagos State.

Spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday, identified the victims as Saviour, 14, Bright, 13 and Deborah, 12 (surnames withheld).

“The girls were rescued on January 8, 2023 at about 0600hrs when a patrol team noticed their suspicious movements within the area,” the statement read.

“Upon questioning, the girls revealed that they were fleeing the custody of a mistress who brought them from Akwa Ibom to Lagos under the guise of employment.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the victims, Saviour aged 14, Bright aged 13 and Deborah aged 12 (surnames withheld) upon reaching Lagos were locked by their mistress (still at large) in a hotel and starved for days as a means to force them into accepting prostitution. Contact has been established with the victims’ families.

“The Commander RRS, CSP Saheed Olayinka Egbeyemi, has in line with the directive of the commissioner of police Lagos state, CP Abiodun Alabi, transferred the victims to the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Command for further investigation.”

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