Benue state government in collaboration with police in the state Thursday night raided five brothels leading to arrest of 72 commercial sex workers.

The security adviser to Benue state governor, retired colonel Edwin Jando disclosed this while addressing women under the aegis of Women Situation Room Nigeria, Benue State chapter who protested rise in defilement and molesting of children.

The women who marched through major streets of Makurdi, capital city of Benue on Friday decried the continuous rise in rape and defilement of children in Benue nay Nigeria Gbazua disclosed that in July alone 15 cases of rape involving children and girls between the ages of two and seven were recorded in Benue state.

Gbazua lamented that the situation had become worrisome which needed urgent attention, saying, “It is unfortunate that rapists and defilers of women and children are not properly prosecuted.”

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The women carried placards‎ which read: ‘Say No to Rape, Stop rape and Child Abuse; Pass VAPP Law in Benue State; Stop girl defilement; CPN opposes rape against women; Implement laws against rape and other related crimes now in Benue’, among others.

Gbazua, said the Women Situation Room Nigeria in partnership with Alliance Against Domestic Violence and Abuse (AADVA), facilitated the Sit-Out protest, adding that the black on black attires symbolizes pain, hurt and grief of the violation of babies and children and women.

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