The Nigerian Police in Delta State have arrested a couple and two other relatives for allegedly trafficking a 13-year-old girl, Chiamaka, to Burkina Faso, for prostitution.
Chiamaka, who was taken from her village at Ikwo in the Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, with the promise of engaging her as a house help, later found herself in Burkina Faso. She however drew the simparty and attention of the police in Burkina Faso, who aided her return to Nigeria.
Her plighted started when she was tricked to Delta State from Ebonyi State without knowing that she had been sold for prostitution.
Reacting on the issue, the Secretary to the Ebonyi Progressives Union, Delta State, Emmanuel Uduma, confirmed that the girl has returned to Nigeria.
He also disclosed that he was in Abakiliki on Sunday, November 21, 2021, to hand over Chiamaka to the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Chinwe Okah.
Uduma said that Chiamaka was told on getting to Burkina Faso that she was bought with N150,000 and she would make N1.2 million for her madam and work extra months as a sex worker to earn her freedom, Punch reports.
Uduma said that the girl escaped and reported to the police and she was brought back to Nigeria.
He said that the culprits who lured the girl to Delta State before moving her to Burkina Faso had been arrested by a team of policemen and the Ebonyi Forum in Delta State and were facing trial in court.
The commissioner, Mrs Chinwe Okah, while receiving Chiamaka, assured that the state government would continue to protect the interest of all residents and indigenes.
Okah commended the Ebonyi Progressives Union for its effort in ensuring that the girl was brought back to the state.
She promised that the state government would take care of the victim and make her dream of going back to school a reality.