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Couple arrested over underaged prostitutes

By OLA AJAYI,  Ibadan

Four commercial sex workers and a couple believed to have hired them have been arrested by the Oyo State Police Command in Ibadan. The couple are said to be owners of the brothel where the alleged under-aged girls were used as prostitutes. They were rounded up at Orita Aperin in Ibadan North East local government area of the state.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Olabisi Ilobanafor, said one of the girls who refused to have sex with one of the customers of the couple ran to some people for help. While parading the suspects, Mr Mohammed Indabawa, the Commissioner of Police in the state, said the girls were under-aged.However, the girls claimed they were aged 20, 22, 20 and 23 years respectively.

Ilobanafor said when one of the girls living with the couple was arranged for sex with a man, but protested because she did not know that was the purpose for which she was engaged by the hotel operators. When she was to be forced, according to the PPRO, she ran out of the place and reported to some people, who then alerted the police.

The owners of the hotel were said to have employed the girls as bar attendants but used them as commercial sex workers.  One of the girls confessed that they were being used as prostitutes and paid N1,000 every Monday.



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