A 35-year-old woman, Success James, has been sentenced to 21 years imprisonment for luring four teenage girls into pro§titution in Agbor, Delta State.
She was convicted and sentenced by a Children, S£xual and Gender-Based Viol£nce Chief Magistrate Court, sitting in Awka, Anambra State.
The convict was arrested in December last year after the Anambra State Commissioner for Women’s Affairs and Social Welfare, Mrs Ify Obinabo, intercepted four girls aged between 13 and 15 years in Onitsha, who were into pro§titution.
The girls confessed that a certain Madam Success, lured them into pro§titution, with a promise of a job in a restaurant in Agbor where they would be selling drinks in a beer parlor; but on getting to Agbor, they discovered that it was pro§titution work they were brought to do.
The victims were rescued during a raid operation in a brothel owned and managed by the convict.
The convict prosecuted before the Court on an 8-count charge of conspiracy, other offences bothering on child labour, s£xual exploitation and child st£aling, and found guilty of seven of the charges by the presiding Court.
Delivering judgement on the case, the Presiding Chief Magistrate, Genevieve Osakwe found Success James guilty of count 1 and sentenced her to 5 years imprisonment; count 2 attracted 5 years imprisonment; she was slammed 2 years imprisonment in count 3; count 4 was 4 years imprisonment; 2 years imprisonment in count 5; in count 7, she was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment, while count 8 attracted 1 year imprisonment.
The Chief Magistrate, however, declared that all the sentences would run concurrently, without any option of fine.