The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has arrested one Ozigi Abdulkarim for allegedly luring his 19 - year- old girlfriend into prostitution in Abu Dhabi , United Arab Emirates.
NAPTIP said in a statement by its Head, Press and Public Relations , Josiah Emerole , that the victim was recruited from Gwarimpa , Abuja , by Abdulkarim and two others – Ngozi Ani and Princewill James – for onward transfer to an alleged trafficking kingpin , Rita Ani , in the UAE .
According to the agency , the suspects prepared her travel documents , took her to Ogbomoso , Oyo State , where an oath was administered on her before the journey.
It said two other suspects – Benson Emmanuel and Philip Joshua – were associates of the other four and played one role or the other in the movement of the victim .
It was learnt that when the victim arrived in Abu Dhabi , she was forced into prostitution for four years by Rita under excruciating conditions, including “ flogging and insertion of hot boiling ring into her private parts whenever she did not make enough money a day . ”
The suspects , it was learnt , were arrested by operatives of NAPTIP in two operations in Gwarimpa , Abuja ; and Ibadan , the Oyo State capital .
It was learnt that Rita , the prime suspect , who recently returned home to perform her traditional marriage rites preparatory to moving to the United Kingdom with her fiancé , was arrested in Ibadan by the newly established NAPTIP- Rapid Response Squad .
The statement added , “ NAPTIP has arrested six persons , including a 25 -year - old Abu Dhabi based Rita Ani , for the trafficking of girls from Nigeria to the United Arab Emirates to engage in forced prostitution .
“ Rita belongs to a network of Nigerian traffickers based in Abu Dhabi who engaged Nigerian girls in international prostitution in that country.
“ The other five are Rita ’ s elder sister, Ngozi Ani (aka Princess ) , Ozigi Abdulkarim , Princewill James , Benson Emmanuel and Philip Joshua ( aka OJ ) .
“ While investigations are ongoing , the suspects have made very useful statements concerning the case . Chinyere also confessed to having more girls working for her in the UAE . They will soon be charged . ”
The Director- General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah- Donli, commended the operatives for smashing the network , adding that the agency would smoke out human traffickers to face justice no matter their hideouts .