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Police rescue girl after aunt forces her into prostitution, collects money

Valentine Chinyem

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The Ebonyi State Police Command says it has begun investigations of alleged sexual exploitation of a 20-year-old woman in Abakaliki by a yet to be identified woman.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Loveth Odah, confirmed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abakaliki.

Odah said the International Federation of Women Lawyers, Ebonyi State Chapter facilitated the rescue of the victim, Chinasa Chukwu, and her two-year-old son.

Odah said the victim was brought to Kpirikpiri Police Division in Abakaliki, having been allegedly exploited sexually by her aunt, 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, Grace Chima, told newsmen that it would ensure that the culprit was made to face the law.

China said: “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 gets 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 further stated that FIDA in collaboration with the United Nations was committed to ensuring that rights of women and children were protected in the state.

She promised to update the media as the development unfolded.

Chukwu, while narrating her ordeal at the state ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, alleged that her aunt always claimed that the money gotten from the act would be used to pay for her training.

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

Meanwhile, a hairstylist, 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.