The National Orientation Agency, NOA, says it has swooped on a prostitution ring in Mali, a West African country where no fewer than 12 Nigerian commercial sex workers were apprehended.
The NOA revealed that the twelve Nigerian girls in their adolescent stage were involved in prostitution at Kangaba village along Guinea Conakry road, outside Bamako, the country’s capital.
However, following intelligence community reports which also revealed that under-aged prostitution ring is currently prevalent in Nigeria, the NOA, has alerted Nigerians especially those in rural areas to beware of suspicious persons who approach them with the promise of giving their children better lease of life in the city.
NOA in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday and signed by its Deputy Director of Press, Fidel Agu, urged Nigerians not to give out their wards to strangers and suspicious persons whose means of livelihood is not known to avoid the menace of such children being trafficked.
“The girls, mostly of Edo and Delta States origin, were commercial sex workers at a restaurant/bar called “Nigeria” and owned by an indigene of Edo State popularly known as ‘Mama Rose.”
In the statement, Agu said investigation revealed that the girls entered Mali with fake identification cards allegedly issued by human trafficking syndicates operating in Nigeria and Benin Republic.
“Also traditional rulers, ward heads and parents should be vigilant and conscious of suspicious persons in their communities in order to promptly report such and checkmate the activities of human trafficking syndicates.
“We urge Nigerians to reflect on the tenets of our core values and cooperate with the government and its agencies to check all forms of crime and criminality.
“The NOA wishes to assure Nigerians that all relevant government organs and other stakeholders have been alerted and are working assiduously to nip the activities of human trafficking syndicates in the bud,” the statement added.
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