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FG Agency has found over 20,000 kidnapped Nigerian Girls, Women Sold as Slaves in Mali

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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) said it has found thousands of missing girls and women in southern Mali, many of whom were sold as sex slaves.

“They were tricked into going to Mali by giving them the impression they were going to get jobs in hotels, for example,” Julie Okah-Donli, NAPTIP Director told Al Jazeera.

According to NAPTIP, there are between 20,000 and 45,000 kidnapped Nigerian women in Mali it intends to return to Nigeria.

 

She claimed  the women mostly came from rural areas of six different states in Nigeria.

“Some were actually abducted while going to school.

“There are over one million Nigerian residents in Mali, out of which about 20,000 are trapped into forced prostitution. The conditions are horrible. They are kept in the thick of the forest where they cannot escape and with the ‘madames’ watching over them.”

According to a 2018 report by the US State Department, human trafficking is a major problem in Nigeria.

I have said it several times that NAPTIP will not spare anybody in its determination to redeem the image of Nigeria in the eyes of the world as a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking, Okah-Donli said.

Nigerian victims of human trafficking were found in about 40 different countries, the report stated, adding that “80 percent of all female Nigerian migrants in Italy are or will become sex trafficking victims”.

The United Nations has criticised Nigeria for failing to tackle human trafficking after a human rights mission looked at efforts to stamp out the organised trade in people.

NAPTIP was created on 14th of July 2003 by the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2003 during the regime of President Olusegun Obasanjo.

 

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