The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Friday arrested 13 Chinese nationals who were suspected of engaging in prostitution in the country. The suspects were apprehended in Lagos following a tip off from an informant.
The Chinese nationals in charge of this ring connived with some Nigerians to traffic teenage girls into the country under the pretext of offering them jobs in factories. A call from one of the girls tipped the immigration service to carry out a raid on some operational locations.
“Having gathered intelligence information, operatives of the Nigeria Immigration Service swooped on the operational locations of the syndicates at No. 18, 24 and 26B Emena Crescent, Ikeja, Lagos,” he said, “During the operations a total number of 13 Chinese nationals made up of 11 females and two males were arrested.”
“It is unfortunate that we have not been able to rescue the lady who called us, because she only provided the number of the house where she is being held, without the name of the street. We want to use this opportunity to solicit for information from the public that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of this ignoble business and rescue of our informant,” Olumba said.
The girls were being offered to expatriates, executives and politicians for anywhere between $1000.00 and $2500.00
NIS Arresting Officer, Chinwe Obi, confirmed that the Chinese Embassy in Abuja was in touch with the victims, and that arrangements were being made to ease them out of the country. One of the victims, Lu Yui Suan, however, denied allegations that they were arrested for prostitution. She said she came into the country in June, on the invitation of a friend.