Police recently busted a prostitution racket in the heart of Ikoyi and arrested more than 30 persons in the highbrow area.
According to information, those arrested including managers of the place popularly called Thompson Avenue, who have been around for many years.
The police source told this magazine that some of the persons in their custody were also involved in other crimes like drugs peddling and robbery.
Thompson Avenue, we learnt, is notorious for high profile illicit sex trade and this has been ongoing for years before the Police raided the place and arrested 32 girls who have already been convicted for prostitution and breach of peace at a Lagos State magistrate court.
Their arrest and prosecution followed a complaint by the residents of Thompson Avenue, the street where the center is located and after which it was named. ‘Thompson Avenue’ is said to be a place where high profile celebrities visit in the dead of night, as we gathered, where they engage in sexual acts with women of easy virtue.
All the accused persons pleaded guilty to the crime in the open court, while five of the accused who claimed to be pregnant pleaded not guilty to the charge. The presiding magistrate, Mrs. A. T. Omoyemi, granted the pregnant women bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum. She ordered that the other 25 accused persons who pleaded guilty be remanded in the Ikoyi-prison custody.
Thompson Avenue is not only popular for sex trade which is done in the open, it is also a center where drug trade thrives. At the open club, said the source, you are also welcomed with food, drink, or other things that stimulate sexual desire, which both men and women gulp before embarking on marathon sex. The hard drug that is sex stimulant, Viagra, is also said to be carelessly on display.
It is a fact that sex trade was thriving in the environment, considering the array of drugs on display without let or hindrance, even without a foreknowledge of what goes on in the environment, the deficiency of the situation is that its illicit trade thrives in residential areas.
Global Excellence gathered that residents, most times don’t sleep because of the open activities of the managers of the club while children in the environment are seriously endangered morally because of the depraved conduct of the ladies.
According to a resident of Aromire Road, the street off Thompson Avenue who simply gave his name as John, the peace of the neighborhood which was always under threat following the activities of sex workers and their patrons, made them to invite the police.