Tuesday, 28 February 2017

41 Nigerian Young Female Human Trafficking Victims Cover Their Faces in Shame as They Return Home

After almost two days of waiting for their arrival, 41 Nigerian human trafficking victims who were all women in their 20s or younger, returned home from Mali on Monday.

A total of 41 Nigerian human trafficking victims returned home from Mali late on Monday and were spotted at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos as they touched down at 7:25p.m. last night.

It was gathered that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) flew the victims from Bamako, Mali, and when they arrived, they were subsequently profiled by officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Matters, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, along with officials of the National Agency for Protection and Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and other government officials, were on ground to welcome the girls back to the country.

Speaking on their return with journalists, Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa said that the Chief of Defence Staff, Nigerian Air Force, NAPTIP, and other relevant government agencies assisted in the rescue operation.

She stated that President Muhammadu Buhari had given a directive to evacuate and rehabilitate any Nigerian stranded outside the country.

Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa revealed that there are still several more Nigerians stranded in Mali and other parts of the world, but vowed to rescue them, adding that Monday’s returnees were tricked into traveling to Mali in pursuit of economic opportunities.

“They were deceived into embarking on the journey. We will ensure we train them to the state of proficiency in different vocations, after which we will trace their parents and counsel them,” Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa said. The NAPTIP has been tasked with rehabilitating the victims, she added.

“We will monitor the girls for two years so they do not sell their vocational equipment. It goes beyond poverty for them to embark on such a mission. The government had to rescue them because they sent a distress call. This made Buhari direct the service chiefs to wade into the matter to rescue the girls.”

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