Two brothels were on Thursday sealed in Calabar, the Cross River State capital by the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, for allegedly harbouring underage commercial sex workers.
The sealing of the brothels is sequel to an order of the Federal High Court, Calabar, the leader of the NAPTIP operation, Godwin Eyike said.
“We are carrying out the order of the Federal High Court, Calabar, to seal the brothels pending the determination of criminal investigation against their owners,’’ he said.
Eyake also explained that the agency had earlier carried out a raid on the brothels after it was discovered that they were harbouring underage girls for prostitution.
“We had taken the owners of the brothels to court and the court ordered for the sealing of the brothels pending investigations.
“So, we are here to carry out the court’s order. It may be temporary or it may be permanent, the court will decide,’’ he said.
According to him, the agency was determined to rid the zone of child trafficking and prostitution.
“There are many of such brothels in Calabar but with time, we will visit all of them.
“It is criminal to use underage girls for prostitution, whether within Nigeria or outside the country.
“NAPTIP is out for the perpetrators of this ugly act and anybody caught will face the full weight of the law,’’ he said.
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