Uchechukwu Olisah, Benin City - 18.07.2007
THE 62 suspected victims of human trafficking that were rescued by the police in Edo State on Sunday have embarked on a hunger strike.
The victims, who were handed over to officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP) at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Tuesday, said they would not eat the food and drinks offered them by NAPTIP.
The victims said they were protesting against the “inhuman treatment” by the police since they were brought to the police command headquarters on Sunday.
One of the victims, Mr. Godfrey Ayima, said since they were brought in by the police, they had not been fed or allowed to take their bath, saying they were detained with hardened criminals and the girls made to pass the night in the same cells with boys.