Friday, 3 August 2012

Lagos state govt arrests 52 Suspected Commercial Sex Workers

In a renewed
onslaught, the Lagos State
Taskforce on Environmental
and Special Offences,
Enforcement Unit, has
arrested 52 suspected
commercial sex workers.
The taskforce, acting on
information, stormed Isaac
John and Toyin streets in
Ikeja, Wednesday night,
where it arrested the
suspects, whose ages
ranged between 18 and 34
years.
The suspects were later
taken to the Secretariat,
Alausa, Ikeja, to await
prosecution.
Taskforce Chairman, Mr. Bayo
Sulaiman, confirmed the
arrest when contacted,
saying that there had been
complaints and public outcry
of a surge of commercial sex
workers in Isaac John and
Toyin streets junction.
He said: “Isaac John is where
we have the Government
House and it is a criminal
offence to engage in harlotry
by the sides of the road. The
people in the area have been
crying over upsurge of
prostitutes in their area and
the gridlock by the night
club.”
Sulaiman stated that a
particular hotel (name
withheld), and its night club
had been causing traffic
menace around Toyin
Junction. He said the owner
of the joints had been served
notice to abate the nuisance
in the area.
He said: “We have told the
owner to dissuade from
obstructing traffic in the
area. We will not tolerate this
anymore.”
Sulaiman warned that his
men would extend the raid
to Lagos Island, Ikoyi and
Victoria Island where
activities of women of easy
virtues had been on the
increase, while urging those
still in the trade to stop as
the wrath of the law would
soon catch up with them as
the exercise would be
continuous.
He said: “The state
government will no longer
condone prostitution. These
people are bad examples to
the youths. We have taken
their photographs and
finger-prints individually and
when we apprehend them
the second time, the
punishment will be grievous.
We have arraigned several of
them in court in the past and
we had got conviction on
some of them.

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