The heart wrenching story of Chinasa is one we are all too familiar with. Almost always portrayed in Nollywood, without the gory details of course. The story of sexual exploitation of a young girl whose parents entrusted her care in the hands of a “family member”.
A 20-year-old mother of one, Miss Chinasa Chukwu, has told policemen in Ebonyi State how her aunt would bring men to her apartment, sit down and watched as the men slept with her.
She was rescued by the combined effort of a hairstylist, the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and the Police, while the aunt is on the run.
The state FIDA Chairman, Mrs Grace Chima, told newsmen that it would ensure that the culprit was made to face the law.
“We got a report on May 20, on a case of sexual exploitation. We were told that a young girl was kept in a rented apartment by a woman, whom the victim identified as her aunt.
“We were also informed that the woman always sent in two to three men in a day to have sex with Chukwu, while she watched and gets paid at the end of the act.
“So, when we heard about this, we got there immediately on May 21, to rescue the victim from bondage,” Chima said.
She further stated that FIDA in collaboration with the United Nations was committed to ensuring that rights of women and children were protected in the state.
She promised to update the media as the development unfolded.
The 20-years-old victim from Akaeze in Ivo Local Government Area of the state is currently pregnant and has a two-year-old son.
She first revealed her ordeal to her boss, Mrs Chizoba Okemiri in whose hair salon Chinasa was an apprentice. The aunt went on to threaten to deal with her because she shared her experience with her boss.
It was Mrs Okemiri who alerted the police about the on going sexual exploitation of Chinasa by her aunt.
“Another apprentice in my shop had reported to me that men always visited the victim which I discovered and tried to stop her from seeing them.
“When I confronted the victim about the men, she revealed that it was her aunt who arranged for those men.
“When the visit persisted, I called her mum and aunt to confirm the development, but the aunt told me that I will get to know why they visit her, one day.
“I became uncomfortable and had to report the matter to a staff of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), who now facilitated her rescue.”
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Loveth Odah, said that the victim was brought to Kpirikpiri Police Division in Abakaliki, having been allegedly exploited sexually by her aunt, a suspect who is now at large.
“Investigation is still ongoing in the division and I have confirmed that the girl was brought to the division by FIDA,” Odah said.