By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”SIX persons including a herbalists, have been arrested by the authorities of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, for alleged involvement in child trafficking.
This is coming just as the agency also rescued four girls, who were taken to a shrine for oath taking before embarking on a trip to Mali.
The suspects, who were arrested in Warri, Delta State, by the Police, were transferred to the zonal office of the NAPTIP in Benin City,Â yesterday.
The arrest,Â Vanguard learnt, was sequel to a report made to the Police by one Favour, 18 year old woman,Â who went to a saloon and was told by the proprietor of the saloon, one Cordelia, that her sister,Â who lives in London needed a girl that would serve as her daughter.
According to Favour, â€œthe saloon woman introduced me to another woman and I also met two other girls,Â who said they were interested in going to London. So they took us to a Jeep that would convey us to a native doctor and it was when I got there that I saw the two other girls,Â who were in the shrine.
“But I pleaded with them to allow me go out to call my sister, who might also be interested in traveling out. They refused but I later convinced them. It was when I went outside that I called my sister and told her in our dialect what was happening. She now informed the police and they came to rescue us and arrested the me.â€
The Head of Investigation of NAPTIP, Mr Aderemi Balogun, who confirmed the incident to Vanguard, said the matter was still being investigated. According to him, â€œwe arrested six of them involved in the deal. Two of them Alex and Kingsley said they instructed FavourÂ to recruit girls that would work in their saloon in Mali. Favour now contacted Cordelia, who owns the Saloon.”
â€œAlex took the girl to the native doctor to prepare them for journey. But Kingsley claimed that he had spiritual problem and was in the native doctors house when Alex brought the girls for the oath taking, but Favour tricked them and went outside to inform the sister,â€ he said.