Prostitution; 'Nigerian girls pay N9m to regain travel documents'

THE PUNCH Newspaper- Friday Olokor

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and Other Related Matters has a sad picture of the ordeals faced by Nigerian girls who are trafficked overseas for prostitution, saying they are exported as “consignments” and pay over 50,000Euros (about N9m) before they could regain their travel documents.

It also confirmed speculations that Nigerian girls are made to have sex with dogs and not less than 25 men a day and advocated a combination of therapy of enlightenment and empowerment to combat the menace of trafficking.

The Executive Secretary of NAPTIP, Mr. Simon Egede disclosed in Abuja on Thursday during the inauguration of the national Anti-Human Trafficking Brigades, Vanguards and Clubs, aimed at using the Nigerian students in the fight against trafficking in persons

Egede said the choice of National Youth Service Corps and the Nigerian students for the fight arose from the agency’s concern that trafficking in persons had become a common feature in all the states of the federation while the youths were the main target as well as the victims.

He said, “It is important to note that nothing good comes out of human trafficking. As soon as a victim succeeds in getting to her destination, she is immediately exposed to a life of misery in prostitution.

She is forced to change her clothes to some skimpy things that expose all her natural endowments and immediately handed over to some waiting customers who had been promised of some new and innocent arrivals (consignments).

“Also immediately on arrival, the travel documents are seized and debt bondage of not less than 50,000Euros (about N9m) is placed on the victim before she can regain her freedom. To meet up with this, a victim is made to have sex with not less than 25 men a day.

“At times, they are equally made to have sex with dogs and also pose for pornographic films and pictures. Refusal to do these, even while sick could amount to torture, exposure to arrest as illegal immigrant and in some cases, death.”

The event was also aimed at further enlightenment of young people on the reality of human trafficking.


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