By Patrick Ochoga, Benin City
Operatives of the Benin zonal command of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), have arrested one Mrs. Halimatu Omoruyi Osifo, aged 40 years, for alleged human trafficking of young girls for prostitution.
Mrs. Osifo, and mother of nine children hails from Igbanke but presently resides in Ugboko village, in Orhionwon Local Government Area of Edo State before her arrest.
The Commander of the NAPTIP, Benin zone, Nduka Nwanwenne said Mrs. Osifo was arrested by operatives of the agency with the support of officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).
Nduka in a statement made available to newsmen in Benin, the state capital yesterday said the suspect had recruited two young girls aged 18 years old and 20 years old and promised them lucrative work outside the country.
Mrs. Halimatu Omoruyi Osifo had on perfection of her secret plot sent the two girls to her daughter, simply identified as Blessing aka Stella, who is based in Togo, for prostitution.
It was learnt that as soon as the victims arrived Togo, Blessing procured skimpy dresses and introduced them into prostitution and collected their earnings in the process.
According to Mr. Nduka, one of the girls who were exhausted by the ordeals of prostitution, had thrown in the towel and declared her resolve to call quits the ugly business.
The victim said, “I will not prostitute again, if they want to kill me, I am ready to die.”
The girls were said to have hidden some of their earnings to escape before being rescued by NAPTIP officials.
But in her reaction to the development, the Director Genbuteral of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli said the agency is poised to smoke out human traffickers wherever they maybe in Nigeria.
Okah-Donli also warned traffickers not only to relocated out of Nigeria but give up their illicit business. The Director General added that the Agency is already gathering intelligence in endemic communities in Nigeria with a view to getting traffickers out of business.