Men of the Edo State Police Command arrest notorious human trafficker, Vivian Ehioze, her brother, Pastor Endurance Ehioze, of Heavenly Ambassadors Ministries Inc, both specialise in trafficking of young girls from Benin City to Russia for prostitution.
Endurance who is based in Benin reportedly use the Church as a fertile ground to lure young girls in search of greener pastures into prostitution with the collaboration of the sister in Russia.
One of their victims, a 24-year-old girl gave a narration of how her pastor at the lured her into prostitution.
The lady identified as Florence, a former stylist, dancer and singer while at the church located at Isihor on the Benin-Lagos Expressway in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State, said she was tricked while she was 18 years old by Pastor Endurance Eghoze.
According to NewsTelegraph, Florence said Endurance told her to travel to meet his sister based in Russia with the hope of assisting her to look for a greener pasture overseas but ended up in the web of street hawkers there.
She said she worked tirelessly by satisfying several men for four years (2013 to 2017) to pay an agreed sum of $45,000 (about N17.1 million) to her ‘Madam’ and trafficker, Ms. Vivian Eghoze, who later dumped her on the streets of Russia before she was deported home in February.
Recounting her experience, Florence said,
“It all started in 2012 when a member of my church at Isihor, a P called me that he wants to see me in church, so I went. He asked me if I will like to travel out and I told him yes but that I don’t have money and assured me that the money wasn’t a problem”
“He said his sister based in Russia will take me abroad. And I agreed. He said in less than two months I will be able to pay up the money my madam will spend and that since am a hair stylist and singer I will make it. Later I was introduced to the sister abroad who called me, her name is Vivian Ehioze she lived in Russia. I had to borrow money to do my passport. She keeps calling and assuring me that all will be well. I was made to take oath of allegiance”
“As part of oath of allegiance they took hair from my pubic, nails which they kept and said whenever I finished payment I would be free from any evil attack”
Operatives of the state police command have arrested Vivian and her brother, Endurance following a tip-off by an Edo-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Initiative for Youths Awareness on Migration, Immigration, Development and Reintegration (IYAMIDR).
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Moses Nkombe, confirmed their arrest, saying, “The matter is being investigated by the police.”
Florence, who has been reunited with her family, is begging for urgent assistance from good-spirited individuals and government, adding that in addition to paying her ‘madam’ the huge sum, she is also battling to save herself from a mysterious ailment.
Vivian and Endurance have allegedly trafficked over 45 girls for prostitutions overseas in a daily torment of satisfying ‘customers’ in the cold night without anything to show for their years of enslavement.
According to victims, their parents and relations wallow in hunger, poverty and emptiness except for the lavish lifestyles of their hosts and their exotic cars and eye-pooping mansions.