…facility makes N1.4m from each prostitute yearly
Rent rooms for N4000 daily
• Manager says it’s normal but not for underage
• I sold my virginity for N2000 –Cassy
• We’ll take immediate action –Police
It’s no longer news that many young girls of school age at Old Ojo Road in Ajeronmi Ifelodun and Amuwo Odofin local government areas of Lagos State, who dress in their uniforms and seem to leave for school, do not actually get to their schools. Instead, they are often found in one hotel or the other prostituting and having sex in swimming pools. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA swoops on them
It might sound weird that many children of school age are currently plying the trade of professional prostitution at Old Ojo Road, yet the reality is staring unblinkingly in one’s face.
Old Ojo Road, which situates on the left side of Orile–Badagary Expressway, while driving down to Badagary from Orile, is on the opposite side of Festac Town, yet there is a sharp contrast in lifestyle of both communities divided by the expressway.
There are a number of unimaginable things emanating from that left wing. If you live in this axis, you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that your daughter, who just left home, dressed for school didn’t end up in school rather, was found in a man’s house or in one hotel or the other prostituting.
It’s more cataclysmic when you leave your underage daughters in the care of those young girls who sit at home during the day but disappear at night; those who begin to sleep in the morning into the afternoon. From the first gate to Oluti, a man called Ndokwa owns five big hotels of three-stories each.
The hotels are mainly the locations where most of them ply their trade. The younger girls are encouraged to service the men in these hotels on a daily basis though the hotel’s management said it has no business with underage girls.
At night, it’s a beehive of activities at these hotels. Again, the management of Premier Hotel at Oluti said it has nothing to do with underage girls but there is an overwhelming evidence that these young girls are being influenced by the activities in the hotels where series of girls live and ply their business. Thus, these girls of school age are fast becoming an endangered species as they are being lured into the business of professional prostitution.
They are now the preferred prostitutes due to their seemingly vigorous and ‘tight body.’ According to those who patronise them, small girls are better than those old ladies as they seem to enjoy them more. “Their bodies are still tight unlike those ‘old cargoes’ that stay in the hotels with free and open ‘bodies,’’ said one Lekan found in their midst. “These people you call small girls are not small girls ooo! If you collect, you will know. If you are not strong you can’t handle them.
They have the real action. Fear these secondary school girls that you are calling underage, they don spoil finish,” Lekan stated. Corroborating Lekan, one of the girls, Lucy Amoki, lost her ‘precious flower’ as young as 15 years and does not care how old a man is as long as the man has something to offer. Some of them also joined this business quite early due to the appalling conditions of their families.
Lucy was lured into the business by one Anna, whose parents are poor but acts big all the time. In a quest to be like her, she was shown the way, which she rejected initially but had no other option than to join the bandwagon effect when the heat was much on her.
The young girls are preferred for different reasons. One of them is the perception that they are free from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), which the older ones have treated a number of times. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons they are being groomed to take over the business. “These ones are more responsible and harmless because they are still under their parents’ care and still have some fear in them.
With the underage girls, one does not need to think of being harmed or robbed,” said James Brymo. This fear of being robbed was confirmed by our correspondent when an incident played out during one of his visits to Premier Hotel, Oluti.
A man of about 27 years old, who sells Indian hemp in his room, Room 9, came to report to the manager that one of the ladies had stolen six out of 34 wraps of weeds he kept in his room. Sequel to this complaint, the manager summoned the ladies involved and issued a 30-minute ultimatum for them to produce the wraps of weed.
During the correspondent’s visit to the place, during the day, he observed the presence of three major buildings, a three-storey and two other two-storey buildings. It was observed that the hotel rooms occupied by the prostitutes are over 158. Our correspondent arrived at this number based on the number of keys he counted on the key holder at the hotel’s reception.
A number of prostitutes were seen smoking and waiting for prospective customers while others were busy discussing. But their discussion wasn’t too deep so as to notice the presence of a potential customer within
the hotel. Some were drinking while others were smoking and waiting for the night to fall for the club to resume.
Sunday Telegraph learnt that most parents are currently caging their children who have not been led astray, even as other parents whose children have gone haywire are praying to God for their safe return. Shockingly, it was revealed that some of these young girls are being encouraged by their mothers because they bring some kind of ‘uncles’ not known to their fathers and others in the family.
A young girl in SS2, Sola, was alone in the house, crying and when asked what the problem was she opened up and said her mother was disgracing her.
That her mother often brings in men to spend the night in their home. Sixteen-year-old Sola in tears said: “In most cases, I wake up in the morning to see a man in our house and when I ask my mother, she will say that the ‘uncle’ just came. But I noticed that the man sneaks into our house when I have gone to bed. I don’t know what he comes here to do,” she wondered.
“One night, at about 11pm, a woman came and was shouting, telling my mother to leave her husband and people heard the woman. I felt so ashamed. My mother didn’t say a word. Yes, I know the woman’s husband, he is very close to my mother but my mum said there is nothing attached,” she added.
This is what coerced some of them who do not know their left from their right, to join the trade. Interestingly, Sunday Telegraph learnt that some mothers still leave their children at home for all-night trips.
One of them boldly tells her secondary school daughter that she is going out on a date and will not come back till the next day.
Arafat Sholabunmi wasn’t as lucky as the above-mentioned girl as she was drowned in the idea that what her mum does could be equally good for her and she joined the world’s oldest profession. It’s that bad.
She confirmed to our correspondent that most students (her mates) who leave their parents’ house on account of going to school do not end up in school but rather in a man’s house or in one hotel or the other. She noted that they put extra clothes in their schoolbags and while they wear their school uniforms to set out from home, they change to mufti midway and move to their respective destinations.
“If you live in this neighbourhood, you should be careful where your daughters and sons go at night and who they associate with just as the Holy Bible would say, evil company corrupts good manners,” said a resident, Mrs Adeoti Adebowole, a banker. She noted that the area is not safe for raising godly children, especially for the lazy parents who will allow their children to roam the streets aimlessly.
She called on nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and government to help in the rehabilitation of the youths in the community, especially those given to smoking of hemp and other addictive substances.
According to a behavioural Counselor and Chief Coordinator of The Wife, an NGO, Dr. (Mrs.) Nkem Okoro, it’s, therefore, pertinent for parents to check their children’s schoolbags before setting out for school and after, for extra clothes in their bags which they claim to be used for sporting activities at school.
Dr Okoro, who is also a Director of Inspectorate, Federal Ministry of Education, Lagos, said every mother, especially in this area should put her eyes and noses on the ground to understand the behavioural changes in their children, especially the girls. She noted that these young people are at the stage where they are easily misled by peers, imploring parents to teach their children the morals that would sustain them in time of trouble.
“The good morals you drive deep inside your child will deliver him or her when you are not there. Bible says to train up a child in a way he will go and when he grows up he will not depart from it. Though he may deviate along the line but he will return immediately. They are in the age of experimentation,” she said.
It was learnt that as early as in Junior Secondary classes, these children are already dating matured men and having sexual relationships with both married and single men. This is a place where young single girls rent rooms in hotels and pay from proceeds of prostitution.
Worse still, these underage prostitutes have graduated to having sex in the swimming pools all in the spirit of pool party. Those who are aware of the sin they commit in the pools have stopped patronising the hotels’ swimming pools. “Since I noticed this one evening, I swore never to enter that pool again. It’s very common to see, especially when they claim to be having a pool party.
Check their dressing and observe the body movement of the men swimming with them and their facial expression,” said Mr. Patrick Asuquo, a customer, who visited the pool bar on such a day. “Those men and women are useless; and this is the pool people go to swim in and drink the water in the process. Not one person, not two, you needed to see the atrocities going on there.
These are young girls,” he added. Sunday Telegraph also confirmed the traces of sexual perversion in the swimming pool but the hotel management said it’s only for the adults when they pay for the service.
The Manager of Premier Hotel, Mr. Ikechukwu Okonji, confirmed this to our correspondent when he said: “It’s normal; they are adults. We lock the place but when someone comes to pay for the usage of the pool, why not, he will be allowed but if they are underage we don’t allow them into this facility,” He continued that the hotel does not allow underage girls into the premises, saying that the bouncers at the gate ensure compliance.
“Bouncers will never allow even a man with his underage girl or boy into the hotel.
Any person that wants to come in with a 15-yearold girl will not be allowed in,” he quipped. He also confirmed that there are prostitutes who live in the brothel all year round and pay N4, 000 per day but do not go outside the compound. This brings revenue of N1, 460, 000 annually from one live-in harlot to the company.
When multiplied the amount by over 300 rooms in one hotel, one would see why these young girls are being lured into the business of prostitution. Our correspondent was around when one of them, who delayed in her payment for the day, at about 5:22pm, was shouting that the manager reported her to another person for nonpayment of rent. She, however, paid her N4, 000 and left grudgingly. According to the manager, he detailed the police to arrest any prostitute that stands outside and as a result, they do not constitute public nuisance to the environment. “As you can see, they don’t go outside.
You can see them all seated. Those who want them will come and have them.” On why the owner had five hotels within a short interval, he said his boss doesn’t want competition from anybody so any person that wants to buy any land or property for purpose of building a hotel, his boss will quickly buy the land and build another hotel there. There are so many stories making around the hotels, which Sunday Telegraph couldn’t confirm as at the time of press.
However, a number of these girls have lost their lives to the nefarious activities of ritualists. Sometimes, their bodies are found on the road with certain parts missing. Sunday Telegraph learnt that both girls and boys also indulge in smoking weed and use other hard drugs. Some of them mix tramadol in water and carry it about like bottled water. In fact, most bottled water you see in the hands of these young boys and girls are really mixture of tramadol and other hard drugs.
I sold my virginity for N2000
One of the prostitutes our correspondent met in a funny circumstance said she needed money to buy biology textbook but her poor parents couldn’t afford it at the time and she went to ‘uncle Femi’, who accepted to give her on the condition that she will be his girlfriend, which she accepted for money. But this relationship was short-lived as she joined prostitution when Femi couldn’t give her the money again as promised.
Her friend introduced her to guys who paid her for sex and she eventually became a prostitute. She narrates, “It was difficult for me to wait until my parents raised the money. I didn’t even know how soon.
So, I went to one of our family friends, Uncle Femi and asked him for money. He agreed to give me the money and asked me to come to his place. When I got there, he gave me food and icecream. After that he started playing with me. “I didn’t feel anything strange because we used to play together in my house until he started touching me. He asked me to be his friend, saying if I was his friend, I will not have problem of money again.
So, I accepted and he asked me to prove that I love him by kissing him. I said no but he did it himself and started touching me. I didn’t know what happened again, we did it. He gave me N2000 and I used it for the textbook. From that day, I started dating him because of money until he stopped giving me money. “I told my friend what had happened and she said she was going to introduce me to some other guy who will be giving me more money than Uncle Femi.
So, she introduced me to one Segun Awolabi and this was how I jumped from one man to another until she opened up to me that she has been doing it.
“But we don’t stand on the road or live in a hotel, we know people who will call us when we are needed. I will stop it if there is money to take care of myself in school. I want to become a nurse.” In her reaction, one of the residents who spoke on the menace of the act, Mrs. Elemo Fransisca, a mother of three at Baruwa Street on Old Ojo said: “If you are not careful, this environment will ruin your children.
There are so many wrongs going on here. This is not a place you raise children carelessly.”
“The last thing for me to do is to allow my children to mingle or to go outside at night. The only compound neighbour I allowed them to be staying with almost taught my 17-year-old daughter disobedience and her father almost killed her.
So the neighbour has since then stopped coming to my house,” says pastor’s wife, Mrs. Blessing Adigwe, a medical doctor living on 59 Bawura Street. One of the community leaders, Baba Omojoba, said: “Well, we are managing a situation we find ourselves in.
We are here and we can’t leave our houses and run away. We try our best to arrest the situation. We report the matter to police, especially the clashes between one gang and the other. “But we are working with vigilante and police hoping that it will get better one day. It’s our home.
There are things we can’t question again,” he added. When contacted, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Chike Oti, who claimed that the police are not aware of the matter, said it was good information, which will help them take necessary actions. “This is a good piece of information. We were not aware of this. Please forward the details of the hotels and the area so that we can get immediate reaction on the matter,” PPRO Oti said.
More so, the Director General of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Ms Julie Okoli said it will clampdown on the hospitality homes that use underage for sexual services.
“Trafficking in Persons Act 2015 is clear about this and we will not allow abuse of it and exploitation of our children in hotels. Our children at this stage should be in school to learn and develop properly and not in hotels. We will engage our sister law enforcement agencies to ensure compliance and if they are found guilty, they must face the music,” she said. (New Telegraph)