Prostitution: 8 Ghanian ladies nabbed trying to enter Kuwait through Nigeria

Eight Ghanaian ladies have been intercepted at the Murtala
Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, for attempted
human trafficking.
Some of the Ghanaians, who were identified as Tordro Gifty
(22), Odurowaa Millicent (20), Abotsi Gift (24) and Bisuat Fustina
(25), had wanted to use Nigeria as a transit point to Kuwait
before eventually landing in Europe for prostitution.
However, Immigration officials became suspicious of the ladies,
whose ages ranged between 20 and 25, when they approached
them for processing at the airport on Monday.
On interrogation, the ladies who were booked on Egypt Air,
confessed that their sponsors actually advised them to use
Nigeria as a transit point first to Kuwait, before proceeding to
Europe.
They also confessed that they entered Nigeria by road via Togo
and Benin Republic.
A source at the command confided in our correspondent that
immediately they were arrested, the ladies were handed over to
officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking
In Persons (NAPTIP), who took them out of the airport for
possible interrogation.
The source said: “When our officers interrogated the ladies, they
discovered that they had no genuine reasons for attempting to
use Nigeria as a transit point to Europe. So, this led to further
query from our officers. They eventually confessed that they
were actually crossing to Europe, but had hoped to land in
Kuwait first.
“During interrogation, it was discovered that the ladies in
question actually entered Nigeria through road from Ghana to
Togo and then to Benin Republic. But, the fact is that since the
current Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mr. Muhammed
Babandede came on board, he has increased vigilance at not
just the Lagos Airport, but at other border posts across the
country.
“This is not the first time we are arresting human traffickers at
this airport and we will continue to increase our surveillance to
ensure that unscrupulous elements don’t use our command to
perpetuate their criminal activities.”
However, as at the time of filing this report, it was not clear if
the apprehended ladies had been deported to Ghana for further
prosecution or were still in the country.
In June, 10 youths who attempted to use the Lagos Airport for
trafficking to Moscow, Russia, for the World Cup tournament
were arrested.
The victims had tried to board a Turkish Airline flight to Russia,
when they were intercepted by operatives at the airport.
The victims comprised nine girls and one boy; five of them were
said to be from Edo State, three from Delta State, one from Imo
State and the last victim from Benue State.

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