The Lagos State Police Command yesterday paraded some underage girls allegedly lured into prostitution by human trafficking agents.
The victims told newsmen how they ended up being prostitutes in a hotel at Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos.
Some of the girls, between 15 and 19, disclosed that they slept with at least four men every night for N1,000 each.
One of them, aged 17 (names withheld), said: “I am an orphan. Someone directed me here from Calabar, Cross River State.
“I started four months ago. I attend to at least four men every night and collect N1,000 from each of them; but I use condom.”
Another 15-year-old girl claimed that she came from Oron, Cross River State, to collect money from her sister, Monica, alleged to be the trafficker.
Jovelin Edet, a mother of one, disclosed that she left her three-year-old child in her friend’s care in Akwa Ibom State, after she was assured of getting a job in Lagos.
“I have been in the hotel for seven months. But I attend to one or two men every night and I collect N3,000 from each of them, for short time. But when I follow customers home, I collect N5,000.
“My parents are not aware of what I do in Lagos. I use the money to take care of myself and also send to my friend on weekly or monthly basis, to take care of my baby.”
Destiny Itabasi, a mother of one who also abandoned her three-year-old baby back in her home town in Akwa Ibom, said she was invited to the hotel four months ago, adding that she makes at least N15,000 weekly from prostitution.
Meanwhile, the alleged coordinators, Thomas Emmanuel, 29, and Okon John, 34, denied bringing the girls from their villages, claiming that the girls came on their own.
They added that the commercial sex workers pay them N3,000 weekly as rent.