Despite the dangers involved in trafficking of persons and the attendant risk to health especially, Nigerians girls are still being ‘traded’ across the borders unwittingly by friends, relatives and even strangers with offers of a good life.
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) announced the rescue of ten Nigerian girls, who had been forced to work as commercial sex workers in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The girls, who arrived Abuja in two batches, hail from Edo, Delta, Rivers and Benue states respectively, with Edo topping the list with six girls.
NAPTIP said the rescue operation was done in collaboration with the regional bureau office of Interpol in Abidjan and carried out based on a tip-off. The agency said the rescued girls will undergo medical screening, counseling and eventually rehabilitation.