By:brightwebtv.com/nana asare barimah
Ladies who were trafficked from the South-South and Southeast into Lagos for prost!tution said they were forced to sleep seven to ten men everyday to meet their N30,000 daily target.
The victims – Helen Dickson, 22; Deborah David, 18 and Chinwendu Oyekachi, 18 – were allegedly lured to Lagos by a man identified as Ikechukwu Egbulefu, with promises of decent jobs.
But on arriving the Centre of Excellence, the victims said Egbulefu’s lover, Vera John, told them the job they had for them was prostitution, adding that anyone who refused would be abandoned on the street.
Luck ran out on the suspected traffickers when the police got information that the victims were being held hostage at Wagbas Hotel in Ajah, where they were reportedly forced into prostitution.
At the police command headquarters in Ikeja, the state capital, yesterday, the victims said aside from being made to sleep with many men each day, Vera, who they called mummy, usually took all the money from them.
Chinwendu, who wept uncontrollably, said she had been in the hotel since April, adding that the suspects even took her to a witch doctor after she was accused of stealing some money.
She said: “She (Vera) threatened us. Two of us they brought to Lagos. The other girl ran away and she (Vera) went to the native doctor to make her run mad. She used to beat us that we were not making enough money like the others girls.
“That was how she took us to the native doctor. The man took some hair from my private part and my head. She made me swear to an oath that I would die if I ever stole from her. She would make us sleep with so many men and yet leave us penniless.
“I do not even know where the other girl is. I do not know if she ran mad. She’s from my village. I have not seen her since that time Mummy Vera told the native doctor to make her go mad.