In what would have best been described as a twisted home movie, four schoolgirls have told the story of how they were allegedly recruited into prostitution by one Abigail Nweke Alo aka ‘Chairlady’, Vanguard reports.
According to the report, the girls -Felicia Nzuworgar, 17, Patience Williams, 18, Angela Benjamin, 17 and Charity Nkwogor – were tricked into working at an alleged brothel in the Calabar business area.
The four girls are from Okun and Vandeikya Local Government Areas of Benue State where Abigail took them from in January under the guise that she was taking them to Lagos to work at a beer palour as sales girls.
One of the girls, Felicia told vanguard that, “I was selling oranges in our market in Okun when she tapped me on the shoulder and I turned thinking she wanted to buy oranges but she told me she had a business in Lagos and wanted me to follow her. I did not know what came over me. I just followed her without even telling my parents and friends where I was going.”
A senior secondary school 2 Student in Vandiekya, Patience narrated how she left her grandmother’s house and followed Abigail. She said that a certain commercial motorcycle rider, Mike, had informed her about Abigail and that she was looking for a salesgirl.
“I told Mike that I was still in school and could not go with the lady and that she should look for someone else. But instead of looking for somebody else, Mike went and brought the lady and when she looked into my eyes, I simply went inside and packed my clothes and followed her without waiting for my grandmother who went out to come back.”
On her own part, Angela said she was on her way home from school when she was mysteriously compelled by Abigail to follow her.
The girls said that they stopped over at Enugu where they slept in a house of a man who had seven wives. The man gave them a concoction to drink.
Felicia said, “The man took us into his medicine hut and gave us the concoction to drink and, when we refused to drink, he beat us. He told us that if we went out without drinking, we will die. After we drank, he said that if we ran away from ‘Chairlady’, our private parts would rot and we will die.”
They continued their journey the next day.
“We got to Calabar in the night and when I asked ‘Chairlady’ if this was Lagos, she said yes.”
The following day, Abigail gave the girls boxer shorts and instructed them to begin hustling for men. She beat them mercilessly when they refused.
“We arrived Calabar in the night and, the next morning, she collected our phones and brought boxer shorts to us that we should wear and, when we asked her where the drinking parlour was so that we could start work, she said we should hustle like other girls were doing by sleeping with men and, when we refused, she beat us up mercilessly,” Patience said.
After days of relentless beating and starvation, the girls agreed to begin sleeping with men. No on came to their rescue because, “Everybody in the hotel was afraid of her because she was their boss and, if anyone dared to challenge her, she will send the person out of the place.”
The girls disclosed that they had to sleep with over twenty men a day. The money they made was taken by Abigail, who left them with only N500.
“It was very painful when we started. Everyday we slept with an average of twenty men for N500.00 each and, because we were young and new, men would line up and wait for us till about 12 midnight when the hotel closes and then ‘Chairlady’ will come in and collect the money and, since she used to count the condoms she was giving us, if you did not give her all the money, she will beat you mercilessly”, Patience said.
Two of the girls, Angela and Charity attempted to run away from Abigail but they were apprehended and beaten mercilessly.
“When I tried to run away, she brought a soldier and a policeman who were her friends who beat me up and poured tear gas in my eyes and, because of that, I became very sick and could not stand up for many days.”
Abigail has been arrested by Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of Cross River State Police Command and is facing trial for human traffiking.