No fewer than 59 commercial sex workers, 43 girls and 16 men werev arrested by the Department of State Security (DSS) in Calabar yesterday.
Director of DSS in Cross River, Ilupeju Adebayo, disclosed the information while briefing newsmen on Saturday in Calabar, he said the girls were arrested at about 2:15 AM Saturday morning at Peace Garden Hotel and Papsi Place along Murtala Mohammed highway in calabar.
He them assumed that, the girls may be force to take an oaths, before embarking on the business.
He said, "We got an intelligent report and swung into action, we have been on the matter for months. We discovered that the girls are mostly underage, mostly 13, 15, and 19 years of age.
We also know that they were brought in by a cartel, deeply involved in the business of trafficking and using the girls as commercial sex workers.
The girls then bring returns to them at the beginning or close of the week depending on their modus operandi.
We have made some arrests including that of the owner of “Papsi place” a brothel that houses mostly underage girls who pay him N2,000 on weekdays and N4,000 at weekends as lodging fee.
They operate from the hotel to clubs where we arrested them stark naked.
We have contacted the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons while investigations are ongoing until all those involved in the illicit trade are arrested and charged to court,’’.
One of the girls (name withheld) that confess to crime said she was brought to Calabar from Cross Rivers for a sales girl job but ended up becoming a commercial sex worker.