By Emma Una & Ike Uche
Eighty-six sex workers and about 51 suspected cultists were arrested, yesterday, morning as police raided two notorious brothels and three cultists’ hideouts in Calabar, in an effort to contain the increasing crime wave in the city.
The brothels, Bliss Villa and Vegas Flex located at 26, Bedwell Street and 12, Lord Luggard Street in the central business areas of the city, were raided in the early hours of the day, while the cultists‘ hide-outs located along Nelson Mandela Street were stormed at about 1a.m.
The police, according to an eyewitness, stormed the brothels in several Operation Skolombo and Quick Intervention Squad vans and cordoned off the area before moving into the brothels where the sex workers and their clients, who stayed overnight, were arrested.
He said: “I was sleeping at about 5a.m. when I was woken by the sound of several cars revving. “I looked through the window and saw men dressed in police uniform going into the brothels to bring out the girls and some men and load them into the mini trucks.”
According to our source, the police raided the two brothels located some few yard apart from each other simultaneously.