the woman told me that she has a beer parlour in Lagos and wanted me to work as sales girl there, but when we got here she gave me boxer shorts to wear and when I asked her where the drinking parlour is for me to start working, she said I should hustle like other girls by sleeping with men and when I refused she beat me up.
The girls, all had cane marks on them and had the same story of being beaten to submission when they refused.
Another rescued teenager, Patience also recounted her experience saying:
Every day we sleep with over twenty men for N500.00 each and because we are young, men do line up to have us. At about 12 midnight, ‘Chair Lady’ will come in and collect the money, because she counts the condoms she gives to us, if you do not give her all the money she will beat you mercilessly.
Abigail and the men she had working for her would at the end of the day search each girl’s room to make sure they had not kept any money for themselves and if they found any, such girl was beaten mercilessly.
Abigail, was also said to have collected the girls phones upon arrival in Calabar and made sure they were never allowed to go outside. When two of the girls, Angela and Charity, attempted to run away , they were said to have been beaten to a state of unconsciousnesss.
When I tried running away, she brought a soldier and a policeman, who are her boyfriends, and they beat me up and poured tear gas in my eyes. I later fell sick because of that beating for many days.
The girls also revealed how they numbly followed the woman without informing their parents saying once she touched them on the shoulder, they immediately became lost and just followed her.
I was walking in our market in Okun Local Government Area when she greeted me and touched me on the shoulder and that was how I followed her and we entered vehicle to Enugu to the house of a juju man, who prepared a medicine (concoction) for us to drink which she said was to protect us from sickness, but when we got to Calabar, she said if we run away the medicine the man gave us will make our private part to rot.
Abigail, who was also interviewed said her arrest as a human trafficker was due to jealousy. Chair Lady as she was called added that a Mr. John Eluu, brought the girls not Calabar, not her.
According to the Cross River State Police Public Relations Officer, Abigail will be charged to court as soon as investigations have been concluded. They also warned young girls not to follow anyone anywhere without proof of keeping to their words.