A magistrate’s court sitting in Awka, Anambra State, has sentenced a 35-year-old man to jail for child labor and abduction of underage girls for prostitution in the state, Nigeria, according to reports.
“They were taken away by the suspect, who promised to secure them jobs in Agbor, Delta State, where they would sell drinks in a beer bar,” reports said.
“But on getting there, they discovered that it was prostitution work they were brought to do,” it stated.
The convict was apprehended in Onitsha, Anambra State and arraigned before the court in Awka, for abducting four teenage girls from Akwa Ibom State and using them for child labour.
The presiding magistrate, Genevieve Osakwe, found him guilty of seven charges of the eight-count preferred against him.
The suspect was sentenced to five years imprisonment and added that all the sentences should run concurrently with no option of fine, according to her.
The four teenage girls were later rescued by officials of the state Ministry for Women and Social Welfare.