Girl trafficked to Delta for prostitution returns to Akwa-Ibom

A 15-year-old girl from Akwa-Ibom State who was trafficked to Delta State for prostitution has reunited with her family.

The girl, Favour Enefiok was taken back to Akwa-Ibom State by a staff of the Delta State Ministry of Women Affairs under the Child Protection Unit via Akwa-Ibom State Transport Company from Asaba, on Monday, July 26, 2020.

Tribune Online gathered that Favour was on April 9 2020, discovered in an uncompleted building around 1.00 am by landlords mounting security surveillance within the Midwifery area of Okpanam in the Asaba Capital Territory.

It was further learnt that the girl informed the landlords of how she was beaten and pushed out of the house by her madam for refusing to engage in prostitution with men she was bringing to her.

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One of the landlords who had the contact of one of the members of the Delta State Child Rights Implementation Committee quickly alerted the committee member seeing it was a case of child abuse.

The committee members, Mrs Bridget Anyafulu Esq and Comrade Patrick Ochei later discovered that the girl who hailed from Ikot-Ekpene Local Government Area of Akwa-Ibom State was tricked from her parents to come to live with a wealthy woman and school in Delta.

The Chairman of the Child’s Rights Implementation Committee and Permanent Secretary in the Delta State Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Mrs Kevwe Agas who was promptly briefed about the situation reached out to her counterpart in Akwa-Ibom State and made efforts to return the girl to her people, but that was not possible due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Cheerful Favour was said to have remained in the custody and care of the Child’s Rights Implementation Committee member, Mrs Bridget Anyafulu for the past three months until the final approval by the State Government for her return to Akwa-Ibom State.

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