A coalition of human rights lawyers, Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network, has urged the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons to investigate a case of sexual exploitation and trafficking involving Miss Anambra Beauty Pageant.
The group made this request following an online circulation of a lesbian sex video involving the winner of the 2015 edition of the contest, Miss Chidinma Okeke.
In a petition dated October 29 and addressed to the Director General of NAPTIP, the group said the organisers of the pageant were sexually exploiting young girls involved in the pageant.
President of the group, Mr. Olu Omotayo, who signed the petition, urged NAPTIP to prosecute those behind the alleged sexual exploitation and ban the contest.
In the petition made available to our correspondent in Enugu, Omotayo regretted that the pageant, established by a government agency – Anambra State Broadcasting Service – had turned into an avenue for sexual exploitation and trafficking.
The petition read in part, “Recent happenings which led to the online circulation of nude pictures and video of the said Miss Anambra pageant queen 2015, Miss Chidinma Okeke, have shown that the organisers of the pageant are using the avenue to sexually exploit young innocent girls in the South-East.
“The purpose for which the state government through one of its parastatals, the Anambra State Broadcasting Service, established the pageant competition has been defeated because it can no longer be said that the pageant is promoting morality, culture of the people or empowering the female youths of the zone.
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“We submit that it is part of the functions of your agency to investigate all cases of trafficking in persons, including forced labour, child labour, forced prostitution, exploitative labour, and other forms of exploitations.’’
The group noted that banning the beauty contest would prevent further exploitation of young girls.
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