NAPTIP seals brothels in Calabar

The National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has sealed off two brothels in Calabar.

This follows the order of the federal high court sitting in Calabar on Friday.


The two brothels were raided two weeks ago by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) over alleged prostitution and child trafficking in Calabar

Officials from NAPTIP handed the court order to journalists. The brothels are Onwuka hotel and suites and De Papes Corner hotel both in Calabar.

59 commercial sex workers were also allegedly to have been used for child trafficking.

In suit numbers FHC/CA/MISC/62/2019 and FHC/CA/MISC/63/2019, between the complainant, Federal Republic of Nigeria and defendants Okon John-Nsi, Onwuka hotel and Edem John-Nsi, De Papes Corner hotel, the court ordered an interim seal of the brothels.

DSS had arrested the sex workers, who were mostly underage, and the owners of the brothels. DSS had handed over the suspects to NAPTIP for prosecution.

The case was filed by the complainant on May 17 2019 and sworn to by Mr Oba Jacob, an official from NAPTIP.

NAPTIP in their motion ex-parte, prayed the court to order the interim seal of the brothels pending the outcome of the criminal investigation against the defendants.

The presiding Judge, Justice S. A. Amobeda, granted the complainant prayer that the brothels be sealed up pending the determination of criminal investigation against the defendants.


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