Couple, others arrested for selling 13-year-old Ebonyi pupil to Burkina Faso for N150,000

Delta state police command have arrested a man, his wife and two other relations for allegedly trafficking a 13-year-old girl, Chiamaka, to Burkina Faso, for prostitution.

The suspects were arrested where the victim was lured to before being moved to the West African country.

Mrs Chinwe Okah, the Secretary to the Ebonyi Progressives Union, Delta State, Emmanuel Uduma, in Abakaliki on Sunday, while handing over the minor to the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, said Chiamaka 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 but, taken to Burkina Faso for prostitution.

He said Chiamaka was told on getting to the French-speaking country that she was bought with N150,000 and she would make N1.2m for her madam and work extra months to earn her freedom.

Uduma said the girl escaped and reported to the police, which led to her repatriation to Nigeria and the culprits who lured the girl to Delta State before moving her to Burkina Faso were arrested by a team of policemen and the Ebonyi Forum in Delta State and were facing trial in court.

The chairman assured the commissioner that the group would ensure justice in the matter in order to serve as a deterrent to others.

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