According to authorities, the victims had to engage in prostitution and pass themselves off as saleswomen and hotel maids.
A total of 35 adolescents were rescued from a hotel in the state of Anambra, in southeastern Nigeria, where they were subjected to sexual slavery and human trafficking, reported local media this Thursday.
According to the authorities, the girls, between 14 and 17 years old, were held in the hotel, which was used as a front for a so-called “baby factory”, in which the girls were forced into prostitution and, if they became pregnant, their children were sold on the black market. Some of the rescued teens are reported to be pregnant.
Preliminary investigation revealed that most of the girls had been brought there from other parts of the country, and in order to mask prostitution they were forced to pose as saleswomen or waitresses.
Anambra State Police spokesman Tochukwu Ikenga reported that three people were arrested during the raid, but the hotel owner fled. In addition, the agents found pump-action shotguns and cartridges, as well as 877,500 naira ($2,117) upon registration.
The official also stated that the victims would be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP, for its acronym in English), which would be in charge of their well-being and rehabilitation.