Two young men between the ages of 23 to 25 years have been thrown into dilemma after they were allegedly asked to pay 100,000 Naira as service charge for sleeping with a 14 years old in Port Harcourt.
They told a human Rights Advocate that their friend who is 23 year old harbored a 14 year old girl who was chased out of the house by her Aunts.
The 25 years old narrated that his Friend Who is 23 slept with the girl till the next day because she gave him consent and he gave 500 naira when she was leaving in the morning.
They said their friend was shocked that Police from one of the Divisions in diobu came and arrested him yesterday evening, even when the 14 year old girl told the Police she consented to the deal.
He was granted bail from Police custody on arrangement that he would pays 100,000 Naira to the girl’s Aunt’s as service charge or be arraigned in court if he defaults.
Human Rights Perspective: Ignorance of the law is not an excuse.
Civil Rights Advocate Prince Wiro When Asked to intervene on the matter said: — I asked them if there friend knew that the girl was not up to 18Years and they said yes.
He again asked them as young boys in diobu how much is the minimum of ‘day break’ in brothel, they said 2,500 naira.
”I told them that the girl is not up to 18 and in law cannot be said to have given consented to the deal because at that age it is assumed that she cannot take decision on her own.”
The boys shouted! ”I told them that I will not get involved in a matter of Child abuse and as a person and Human Rights Advocates that we are even against it”
While leaving they told me they never knew sleeping with a girl under 18 years who consented to sex is an offence. I told them to educate their friends,as they have now known that, it is against the law.!