Bringing Light to the Darkness of Human Trafficking (Trafficking in Persons)

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Yenagoa – Bayelsa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested a female member of a suspected human trafficking syndicate and rescued two female victims aged 16 and 17.

Mr. Godwin Nwachukwu, state Commandant of the NSCDC told reporters at the command’s headquarters in Yenagoa that the arrest of the principal suspect, Joy Victor, 27, was made possible by Association for Awareness Against Anti-Social Behaviour (AFAAAB), a non-governmental organisation.

He said the group drew the attention of the state NSCDC command to the activities of the human-trafficking cartel at Igbogene, a gateway community in Yenagoa metropolis.

Nwachukwu said that Joy was apprehended following a raid on the syndicate’s hideout on May 15 at Igbogene, adding that she had allegedly trafficked the two minors to Ghana for prostitution.

He said, “Further investigations revealed that the two female minors aged 16 and 17, victims of the human trafficking syndicate, alleged that Victor had lured and trafficked them to Ghana, en route Lagos on April 17, 2018 for prostitution.

“They were trafficked in the guise of working as sales girls and housemaids, connecting them to a lady simply known as Rita in Kumasi, Ghana, who operates a syndicate of child-trafficking and prostitution rings.

“The victims said that while in Ghana, they were subjected to sexual slavery and forced to have sexual intercourse with more than 20 mean each and also asked to pay N700,000 each before they will be freed to operate on their own.

“After their exposure to prostitution, the two victims were assisted out of captivity by the Ghanaian Police and deported to Nigeria.

“Our preliminary investigations show that the principal suspect Mrs. Joy Victor has been in the illicit child-trafficking business for many years.

“We also suspect that she probably controls a cartel that specialises in trafficking teenage girls from Bayelsa to Ghana for prostitution”.

Nwachukwu assured the public that the NSCDC was committed to fighting human trafficking and related offences in Bayelsa.

Meanwhile, Nwachukwu also said on Sunday that the command arrested 30 suspects of various offences between January and April.

Nwachukwu said in Yenagoa that the suspects were arrested for pipeline vandalism, oil theft and diversion of refined products.

The commandant said that investigations into the alleged offences were at various stages and that the suspects would be prosecuted afterwards.

He said that the command had also clamped down on the distribution chain of illegally refined petroleum products leading to the seizure of six trucks laden with the products.

Nwachukwu said the command had however ensured reduction of pipeline vandalism and sabotage on oil infrastructure in its area of operation.

He said that the command had increased its surveillance activities on the pipeline network in the state.

According to him, some oil firms operating in the state had confirmed the reduction of the incidents at their oil fields.

“We have had oil companies confirm that our operation had stabilised their activities, leading to uninterrupted oil production.

“Agip at a time suspended operations in Bayelsa due to high levels of oil theft. But only last week, the management of the company commended the improvement in security.

“We are however not leaving anything to chance. Our strategy is to keep our operatives actively engaged in constant patrols to deter vandals.

“There is also cordial relationship with sister security services; we often collaborate with each other in fighting crime,’’ he said.

Nwachukwu appealed to community leaders in the oil bearing areas of Bayelsa to support the efforts of the NSCDC in fighting crimes.

The commandant noted that the activities of oil thieves had adversely affected the environment and economy of the state.

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Meanwhile, Nwachukwu also said on Sunday that the command arrested 30 suspects of various offences between January and April.

Nwachukwu said in Yenagoa that the suspects were arrested for pipeline vandalism, oil theft and diversion of refined products.

The commandant said that investigations into the alleged offences were at various stages and that the suspects would be prosecuted afterwards.

He said that the command had also clamped down on the distribution chain of illegally refined petroleum products leading to the seizure of six trucks laden with the products.

Nwachukwu said the command had however ensured reduction of pipeline vandalism and sabotage on oil infrastructure in its area of operation.

He said that the command had increased its surveillance activities on the pipeline network in the state.

According to him, some oil firms operating in the state had confirmed the reduction of the incidents at their oil fields.

“We have had oil companies confirm that our operation had stabilised their activities, leading to uninterrupted oil production.

“Agip at a time suspended operations in Bayelsa due to high levels of oil theft. But only last week, the management of the company commended the improvement in security.

“We are however not leaving anything to chance. Our strategy is to keep our operatives actively engaged in constant patrols to deter vandals.

“There is also cordial relationship with sister security services; we often collaborate with each other in fighting crime,’’ he said.

Nwachukwu appealed to community leaders in the oil bearing areas of Bayelsa to support the efforts of the NSCDC in fighting crimes.

The commandant noted that the activities of oil thieves had adversely affected the environment and economy of the state.

Read more https://independent.ng/human-trafficking-nscdc-nabs-female-suspect-rescues-two-minors/

“They were trafficked in the guise of working as sales girls and housemaids, connecting them to a lady simply known as Rita in Kumasi, Ghana, who operates a syndicate of child-trafficking and prostitution rings.

“The victims said that while in Ghana, they were subjected to sexual slavery and forced to have sexual intercourse with more than 20 mean each and also asked to pay N700,000 each before they will be freed to operate on their own.

“After their exposure to prostitution, the two victims were assisted out of captivity by the Ghanaian Police and deported to Nigeria.

“Our preliminary investigations show that the principal suspect Mrs. Joy Victor has been in the illicit child-trafficking business for many years.

“We also suspect that she probably controls a cartel that specialises in trafficking teenage girls from Bayelsa to Ghana for prostitution”.

Nwachukwu assured the public that the NSCDC was committed to fighting human trafficking and related offences in Bayelsa.

Read more https://independent.ng/human-trafficking-nscdc-nabs-female-suspect-rescues-two-minors/

Nwachukwu said that Joy was apprehended following a raid on the syndicate’s hideout on May 15 at Igbogene, adding that she had allegedly trafficked the two minors to Ghana for prostitution.

He said, “Further investigations revealed that the two female minors aged 16 and 17, victims of the human trafficking syndicate, alleged that Victor had lured and trafficked them to Ghana, en route Lagos on April 17, 2018 for prostitution.

Read more https://independent.ng/human-trafficking-nscdc-nabs-female-suspect-rescues-two-minors/