WHAT is the age when men and women can legally have sex in Nigeria? This is a round about way of asking what is the age of consent? A simple question; but an extra-ordinarily complicated one. The new Child rights Legislations stipulate that having carnal knowledge sex of a child below the age of 18 is a crime in twenty - four 24 States of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
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Most of the women, aged between 15 and 28, were abducted and forcibly impregnated so their babies could later be sold. The girls had been promised employment as domestic workers in Lagos, Nigeria 's largest city. Instead they were held in the properties and forced into sex slavery. They were also forced to bear children which were then sold. Police officers, acting on a tip off, raided four properties across Lagos on 19 September.
Child sexual abuse in Nigeria is an offence under several sections of chapter 21 of the country's criminal code. UNICEF reported in that one in four girls and one in ten boys in Nigeria had experienced sexual violence before the age of The Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development reported that 1, girls had been raped in in Rivers , a coastal state in southeastern Nigeria. According to UNICEF, six out of ten children in Nigeria experience emotional, physical or sexual abuse before the age of 18, with half experiencing physical violence. Conditions that increases the risk of girl-child sexual assault in Nigeria can be found in schools, baby factories and the practice of child labour.
A t the age of 15, Aisha and Halima were abducted from their compound in north-eastern Nigeria by Boko Haram insurgents. For a year they were held in captivity, and were raped. They managed to escape their captors, and find their way across the desert to a camp in Madinatu, in Borno state. Though they had made it to relative safety, life in the camp was hard for the traumatised teenagers. They had had no contact with their family since their abductions, and there was little to eat.