By Nosa Akenzua in Asaba
Six red light zones, also called joints, in Delta State, where teenage sex workers with large clientele, charm men with prepared fetish powder for commercial sex, have been uncovered.
The joints are located in Umunede, Nnebisi road, Opposite Grand Hotel, Asaba, Ubulu Okiti, Ibusa Round About, Jakpa Junction in Warri, and Uromi Junction, Agbor.
At the joints the teenage prostitutes woo unsuspecting sex-hungry men into sexual intercourse with them with prepared powder charms.
Their modus operandi, one of them, Elizabeth Otasowie, who spoke to journalists on Thursday in Asaba, said: “We frequent Asaba, opposite Grand Hotel, because men patronize us a lot.”
She added that “the lodger in the big hotel will always want teenage girls around them for a night and some times two nights, and to make us attracted to them, we work with native doctors in Asaba who we pay N40,000 to prepare powder charms for us to be using at night while we are going out to where we hustle to earn a living”.
According to her,”I am a native of Benin City and the monarch, Oba Ewuare ll, has placed curses on those involved in human trafficking and prostitution in Benin, so we have to move into Asaba.
“My parents are very poor and they could not pay for my school fees and I have to raise money for myself since there is no help from anyone”.
She disclosed that the charm is prepared with pubic hair and cut nails including bitter kolanuts by the native doctors on payment of N40,000″.
For effectiveness, Elizabeth who claimed to be SSCE holder from one of the polytechnics in Edo State, said,:”the native doctors warned us against quarreling with our customers after we have robbed the powder charms on our faces even though the customer initially wants to bully us, whatever we want the charms to do for us, it does effectively. I have made some huge sums of money since I paid for the charms and I have been using it to rob my face before moving into our Joint”.
At the Umunede Joint, the teenage commercial sex workers between 13 and 14 years, are seen at night within packed long vehicles negotiating with sex-hungry men and in most cases clad in skimpy dresses that barely cover their nudity.
There, investigation revealed, the teenage girls who seek the help of native doctors to woo unsuspecting customers with prepared powder charms, make unimaginable fortunes than others regarded as “old fools” who have been in the business for years with “nothing to show for it.”
Expectedly, unsuspecting sex-hungry men prefer the teenage girls to the ones described as “old fools” whose services are termed to be outdated.
At Ubulu Okiti, the story is not different as the teenage girls troop into the community within the hours of 7:30pm from Benin, Onitsha and Owerri till the following morning before departing to their respective cities.
At a location opposite the Grand Hotel in Asaba, the teenage girls, many of who spoke to journalists, said: “Many of us come from far distances and pay high fares to get here and considering the cost of the prepared powder charms, we have increased out fee from N5,000 per night to N10,000.
“Men are paying us after using the powder to rob our faces; for short time, we take N4,000 from any man coming to us, but pull over will attract N15,000 for both sucking, romancing and the real sexual intercourse”.
Two of the native doctors who identified themselves as Micheal Okonkwo, Azagba John, claimed, “we moved into Asaba from Lagos when the state government pursued us from there.
“We know the charms for real and not fake, it’s called “whatever you want.”
“The teenage girls are interested in using the charms and we prepare it for them to use and not to harm as long as they observe the rules, it works for them and we will collect our money”.
But the state Commissioner of police, Mustafa Muhammad, who spoke to journalists on Monday with regard to the influx of teenage prostitutes in Asaba, said: “The police will ensure these teenage girls are not operating again in the state, I have ordered police Divisions across the state to monitor their activities and bring them to book.
“The blame is on their parents who will allow them into prostitution, we have received several complaints about them and we are taking action on them as intelligence reaveled that many of them are from nieghouring states”.
A staff of the Grand Hotel, Asaba, who spoke to journalists in Asaba on condition of anonymity, said: “We are appealing to the security agents to help us drive the teenagers away for us to do business with our customers.
“They have been complaining about how these girls will rush at them each time they stop to buy suya opposite the hotel, small girls who are supposed to be in school”, he complained.