The Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network, a coalition of human rights lawyers, on Saturday asked the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons to investigate a suspected case of s*xual exploitation and trafficking surrounding the Miss Anambra Beauty Pageant.
The development followed the circulation of an online lesbian sex video involving the winner of the 2015 edition of the pageant, Miss Chidimma Okeke. In the petition, the group said there are strong indications that the organisers of the pageant are sexually exploiting young girls who participate in the beauty contest.
President of CRRAN, Olu Omotayo, urged NAPTIP to prosecute masterminds of the alleged sexual exploitation. Omotayo, in the petition, also urged the relevant authorities to ban the Miss Anambra Beauty Pageant.
He expressed regrets that the pageant, which was established by a government agency – Anambra State Broadcasting Service – has turned into an avenue for sexual exploitation and trafficking.
Parts of the petition read,
“Recent happenings which led to the online circulation of nude pictures and video of the said Miss Anambra pageant queen 2015, Miss Chidimma Okeke, have shown prima facie that the organisers of the pageant are using the avenue to sexually exploit young innocent girls of South East Nigeria.
The purpose for which the state government established the pageant has been defeated because it could no longer be said that the pageant is promoting morality, culture of the people or empowering the female youths of this zone.
We submit that the incident is sexual exploitation and slavery of young female persons. We urge you to urgently commence thorough investigation into this barbaric competition and make those behind it face the full wrath of the law.
It becomes more worrisome when it is an agency of the state government that is involved in a dastardly act of this nature. This is a serious embarrassment to the whole nation. The government should immediately ban the said pageant.”