August 2nd, 2012 – 52 Commercial Sex Workers Arrested In Lagos, Nigeria
On August 1st, 2012, over 52 suspected prostitutes were arrested on Toyin Street in Ikeja, Lagos State Nigeria.
A report published on The News Magazine prompted Lagos State Task Force on Environmental & Special offences Enforcement unit to make the arrest.
The strategic arrest which was carried out around 12am led to the arrest of commercial sex hawkers who ages range between 18 and 34 years.
The prostitutes were packed into a Black Maria and transported to the Task force office.
According to Task force Chairman, Mr Bayo Sulaiman who confirmed the arrest , there had been complaints and public outcry over the invasion of commercial sex hawkers in Isaac John and Toyin Street junction where there is a popular hotel whose owner also runs a night club.
“Isaac John is where we have the Government House and it is a criminal offence to engage in harlotry by the sides of the road. The people in the area have been crying over the upsurge of prostitutes in the area and the traffic gridlock by the night club,” he said. Sulaiman stated that the hotel and its night club had been causing untold traffic menace around Toyin Junction, saying that the owner of the joints had been served notice to abate the nuisance going on in the area.
“We have told the owner to desist from obstructing traffic in the area. We will not tolerate this anymore,” he said.
Sulaiman warned that the task force would extend the raid on commercial sex hawkers to Lagos Island, Ikoyi and Victoria Island where their activities had been on the increase, while urging those still in the trade to stop it as the wrath of the law would soon catch up with them.
“The state government will no longer condone this act of prostitution. These people are bad example to the youths. We have taken their photographs and finger print individually and when we apprehend them the second time, the punishment will be severe.
“We acted based on TheNEWS magazine report that Wednesday was going to be ladies’ night. We had to wait for that time and we struck and arrested them,” he stated.
“We have arraigned several of them in court in the past and we had gotten conviction on some of them. The issue of collecting money is out of it. The so-called ‘big boys’ in the club don’t settle us,” he said.
This will teach them a big lesson.