Nigerian foreign minister says no less that fifty Nigerian women were rescued from traffickers in Lebanon and returned home safely.
The Nigerian foreign minister, Geoffrey Onyeama said fifty Nigerian women has been rescued from their traffickers in Lebanon and returned to Nigeria on Sunday.
The fifty women have been placed on quarantine on their arrival to test for any positive symptoms of COVID-19.
After which they will be interviewed by the Nigeria’s National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
Julie Okah-Donli who is the head of Nigeria’s National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), said the hotel where the women were being quarantined was under guard to ensure their protection.
They would be offered ways to rebuild their lives after investigations into their cases, she said.
BBC News reported that a Nigerian woman who was working in Lebanon was rescued sometimes last month after being auctioned on Facebook.
Also, according to UN, thousands of women and girls from Nigeria and other African countries are trafficked every year.
Similarly, according to NAPTIP, at least 20,000 Nigerian girls were trafficked to Mali and forced into prostitution last year.
Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, however, appreciated the Lebanese authorities for their financial and logistical support in making Sunday’s evacuation possible .
More so, in the view of Nigerian News World, their has been increasing illegal immigration by Africans, Nigerians most especially in their said “quest for a greener pasture”.
This has been why many fall into the hands of traffickers and kidnappers who uses them for illegal business.
We however admonished the federal government to work with the Lebanese government to apprehend the perpetrators and put them to order.