A 19-year-old girl from Lagos, Ifekoya Adejoke, pictured above, has narrated her experience as a sex slave at TB Joshua’s Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN).
According to her, she was tempted by a deceitful promise of “greener pastures” abroad, and became a cruel victim of human trafficking, bounded to a bed in a dingy, dirty Libyan room and forced to sexually satisfy up to 30 men in a single night.
Adejoke explained that, coming from a poor family, she survived by selling water as a young girl before becoming a trainee hair stylist.
After her father’s death, her mum became the family’s breadwinner.
One day a middle-aged woman walked into the shop where she was styling and approached her with an uncommon offer.
Without telling her mum or relatives, Ifekoya took a vehicle with the mysterious lady to Libya. The lady said from Libya they would board a flight to Spain where Adejoke would start working as a stylist.
Upon making it to Libya’s capital city, Tripoli, Adejoke was taken by the woman to a duplex. The first sight of her new home was a shock to her.
“I met five Nigerian girls there who were half-naked,” she said.
Smiling wryly at her bewildered confusion, the woman said she would “explain everything tomorrow”.
“The following morning, when I woke up, she brought some underwear for me and said these were the clothes I must use to work,” the young Nigerian narrated to the sober crowd.
As realisation came to what she had naively tangled herself in, Ifekoya refused.
“That afternoon, people said they wanted to meet me because I was new but I protested,” she added.
“So, the woman went outside and brought a cane. They really beat me up until I was very weak. She then took me to one of the rooms and tied me down there. She tied my hands to the back of my head and tied my legs separately so that they were open.
“That very day, 30 men used me in the room where I was chained.”
Fettered as a sex slave alone in the dark, dirty room save for the voracious men who forced themselves on her, Ifekoya’s determination slowly began wilting.
“After two weeks, the other girls came to me and said that if I didn’t accept to do this, she would tie me down for two years. When I knew the whole thing was like that, I just accepted.”
She was then told that she would have to pay a total of $9,000 to cover the costs of her travel to Libya. So Ifekoya prostituted for almost one year before finally earning enough to ‘buy’ her liberty.
Meanwhile, as hope finally beckoned that she could leave the lifestyle behind, fate hit another poisonous blow.
“Immediately I planned to leave the place, I started falling sick, seriously sick.”
Nearly one year of sleeping with numerous men on a nightly basis had taken its toll on her young body.
“To my greatest surprise, my womb fell. I had to be taken to the hospital where they operated on me to remove it.”
Weak and practically impoverished, Ifekoya then faced the threatening challenge of making enough money for the trip back to Nigeria. Her options were limited.
“At the end of the day, I had no choice. I still had to resort to the same thing to come back to Nigeria,” she said.
Finally ending up in another brothel, she began saving up for the return leg of her nightmarish journey. After meeting a fellow Nigerian prostitute who had a comparable story as a victim of cheating and exploitation, the duo struck a strong friendship and determined to make the journey together. At this point, they made what turned out to be a life-changing discovery.
Nearly 2 years after her fearless trip across the Sahara Desert, Ifekoya and her friend made the journey back to Nigeria. Inspired by the clips they had seen on Emmanuel TV, the television station of controversial Nigerian preacher T.B. Joshua, they decided to make The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) their first port of call.
After getting prayer for deliverance from the “spirit of prostitution” and hearing their stories, Joshua decided to give the ex-prostitutes N200,000 each to restart their lives.
“God has kept me alive to pass this message across to the youth,” the young Ifekoya emotionally finished, warning others not to fall prey to the same tactics used to lure her into slavery.