A 19-year-old girl (names withheld) Thursday
narrated before a Federal High Court in Lagos how
she was lured into prostitution in Burkina Faso.
She was working as a sales girl in Victoria Island
before two middle-aged men told her they could
help her find a better job abroad.
The men, Christian Awanebi and Ariwayo Olowede,
who pleaded not guilty, allegedly took her to
Burkina Faso sometime in 2011.
Led in evidence by Mrs Anthonia Mgbemeje of the
National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in
Persons (NAPTIP), the girl said the men promised
to help her get a job in a super store as a sales girl.
When she got to Burkina Faso, she was allegedly
made to have sex with men so she could repay
N200, 000, the men claimed to have spent on her
According to her, she had sex with over 10 men
daily, charging an equivalent of N5,000 per person.
She said the men allegedly made her take a blood
covenant, swearing not to tell anyone about her
Mgbemeje said the accused persons committed
the alleged offence sometime in November 2012 at
Ilasan estate, Lekki, Lagos.
She said that the offence contravened section 15
(a) of NAPTIP Act 2003.
The accused persons used were arraigned March
27, last year.
Their lawyer, Mr Mac Johnson asked the court to
adjourn the case for cross-examination of the girl.
Justice Saliu Saidu adjourned till April 10 for
continuation of trial.