A group of under-aged girls suspected to be commercial sex workers have been arrested in a brothel along Ring Road, Enugwu-Ukwu, Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State.
According to PUNCH Metro, the brothel which the operators allegedly disguised as a restaurant, was raided by the Anambra State Police Command on Saturday night following a tip-off by concerned indigenes of the community.
While speaking to a correspondent, a community leader in the area who pleaded anonymity said; “We can’t be here and allow such iniquity to be happening under our watch. You need to see the level of sins these young girls and old men commit in that place on a daily basis.
“That was why we alerted the police. The brothel was sealed after the raid, while some suspects were whisked away to the state Criminal Investigation Department, Awka, the state capital.”
It was gathered on Sunday that the raid followed a joint petition by the Enugwu-Ukwu traditional authority and the Enugwu-Ukwu Community Development Union to the police headquarters in Awka decrying the activities of the brothel and its patrons.
The petition stated that passers-by on the Ring Road, Enugwu-Ukwu, were being harassed and embarrassed by underage commercial sex workers.
The President-General of the union, Bonny Ozo-Nkwuaku, who supervised the raid, warned that Enugwu-Ukwu had no place for such an illegal act, adding that the development had bred criminality and moral decadence among the youth in the area.
He stated, “Enugwu-Ukwu people are known for their industry and enterprise. We live very decent lives and we are law-abiding. We cannot tolerate such an illicit business in our community.
“We have also discovered that most of the commercial sex workers and their patrons are not from Enugwu-Ukwu; we can’t allow them to come here and soil the name of our town.”
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