6 April 2016.
Journalist Guy Collins has been sent to cover the imminent Nigerian elections, not by the BBC as he leads people to understand, but by a start-up internet TV news channel. On his first evening, he ventures out into a bar, thronged with prostitutes, and while he and they are chatting there is a disturbance outside: a girl’s mutilated body is lying in the gutter. Guy is among those taken in for questioning, his mobile is seized, and he is taken to the police station for questioning. While there he witnesses a man being beaten up to within an inch of his life. At that point a young woman intervenes. She is Amaka, a lawyer who works for a charity called Street Samaritans which takes in young working girls, provides decent accommodation, pays for free medical care, and enables the girls, while still working the streets, to prepare for a life beyond the prostitution to which they have been driven by poverty, a life in which they are frequently ill-treated and even murdered. Amaka, unofficially, also does her best to protect the girls by keeping tabs noting which clients are capable of violence and worse. That is what leads Amaka to rescue Guy from the alarming Inspector Ibrahim and his Fire-for-Fire squad of detectives. She believes that the worst cases of violence and abuse involve the murderous trade in body parts for witchcraft and ritual. Believing that Guy is a BBC reporter she wants him to give full coverage of what is going on and how many of Nigeria’s elite are involved.