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Nigeria: Child Traffickers Apprehended in Plateau, Six Girls Rescued

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on July 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm

The Plateau State government said it apprehended a male child trafficker and his female accomplice in Lagos State, just as it rescued six out of the 16 female children the culprit allegedly took to Lagos.

The state’s Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Barrister Olivia Dazyam, who briefed journalists in Jos, said the accused who were in the business of trafficking children from the age of eight to 15 years from Lemoro in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State were arrested with the joint effort of the police and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

Barrister Dazyam said the six girls recovered from Lagos are presently undergoing rehabilitation and counselling, adding, “Despite the domestication of the Child Rights Law in 2005, child abuses, exploitation, and violation are still rampant.” She added that other social vices bedevilling the state include sexual abuses and cases of missing children.

Source: All Africa

Nigerians arrested in Spain accused of sex-trafficking

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on June 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

According to the El Pais Spanish newspaper, police on Sunday said they had broken up a major sex-trafficking ring that would bring in Nigerian women via the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar and put them to work as prostitutes in Malaga and Barcelona.

The investigation began when a woman filed a complaint in the French city of Nantes. Six people, all Nigerian nationals, have been in arrested in Spain.

According to police, the traffickers would comb the streets of Benin City, Nigeria, meeting women with the offer of bringing them to Europe and promising them jobs and housing.

Source: Euro Weekly News

Nigerian Women Advised Against Child Trafficking

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on May 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Wife of the Chief Security Officer to President Goodluck Jonathan and founder of Branzik Ikull Centre for Social Rehabilitation (BICSR), Mrs Merit Gordon Obuah has advised women to fight against child trafficking and abuse.

Mrs Obuah spoke at a national sensitization campaign/ workshop against child trafficking and abuse, organized by the Queen of Aso, Mrs Oduah in Abuja, described child trafficking as evil that could be compared to modern day slavery.

Citing unemployment, illiteracy, poverty as factors that easily prod women into the dangerous trade, she called for the adoption of communal lifestyle where everyone shows love as strategy to discourage women from trafficking children.

Source: All Africa

Nigeria: Collaboration Needed to to Combat Human Trafficking From Nigeria

In Child Labor, Child Trafficking, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Involuntary Domestic Servitude on January 28, 2013 at 9:42 am

Orphaned at the age of 12, Grace was sent to work in a Nigerian household as a servant. Her duties were demanding. She was not paid, she could not attend school and was abused by her employer. After working for the family for a few years her employer told her that she was moving to London and that Grace would follow.

Grace was uncertain but had no means to leave or to disobey. When she arrived in the UK the abuse and exploitation got worse. She was not allowed to leave the house, was expected to work through the day and night and slept on the floor. The wages she were promised never materialised.

Grace was one of the people who took part in a research study published today that the UK-based organisations IPPR and Eaves, and the Nigerian organisation dRPC carried out with people who had been trafficked from Nigeria to the UK. Human trafficking from Nigeria is of major concern to the UK government.

Source: All Africa

Nigeria: The Proposed Law On Human Trafficking

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on January 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday announced that it was seeking a seven-year jail term for human traffickers, by approving a draft bill that would be sent to the National Assembly for consideration, deliberation and passage into law. The draft bill is titled “Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition, Enforcement and Administration) Bill, 2012”.

The Minster of Information, Labaran Maku said, “Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition), Law Enforcement and Administration Act, 2003 (as amended)”, is fraught with deficiencies and grossly inadequate to effectively combat the scourge of human trafficking in the country.”

Source: All Africa

Nigeria: Challenges of Human Trafficking in Nigeria

In Human Trafficking on January 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm

From all indications, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) has been striving to strengthen its operational strategies since a drop in Nigeria’s rating in the global anti-human trafficking campaign.

The 2012 annual trafficking report, which was released in the U.S., indicated that that Nigeria dropped to the tier two ranking. Nigeria had been maintaining a tier one status since 2007. According to the U.S. Department of State, the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments in the global anti-human trafficking campaign. The report places each country into one of three tiers, based on the extent of their governments’ efforts to comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking, which are enshrined in Section 108 of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA).

Source: All Africa

Voodoo pimps: Spanish police arrest 17 in sex-trafficking ring

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Spain’s Interior Ministry says police have arrested 17 people on suspicion of smuggling Nigerian women into Spain and forcing them into prostitution using threats including claims they would cast Voodoo spells on them if they didn’t comply.

An investigation began when police detected in January that around 10 women had been brought into the country illegally using a small boat.

Police said that following an investigation its raids seized computer equipment, mobile phones, false identity and work permit documents, as well as objects which detectives said were allegedly used in “Voodoo rituals.”

Officers tracked down the suspected pimps in cities throughout Spain and arrested 16 Nigerian nationals and one Ugandan citizen, a statement released Sunday said. It was not clear when the arrests took place.

Source: Mercury News

Victim’s Stories

In Awareness, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on December 26, 2012 at 9:08 am

Neah was promised a job as a waitress in Germany but found herself forced to work in a Nigerian brothel instead. After some time, she was sold to another brothel in Togo. There, Neah and other women lived in a confined environment. They were allowed to go out only if a customer took them out. They lived and worked in a guarded complex, enclosed by high walls and were accompanied by guards whenever they went to a shop. They used the little money they were given to pay for their monthly provisions. In both Nigeria and Togo, Neah was indentured to her employers and never had enough money to buy a ticket home. Neah decided to go to Cyprus to find a better-paying brothel. After six months, she earned enough money to pay her debts and buy a ticket home.

Source: US State Department

50 Nigerian sex slaves rescued •Nigerian girls are more vulnerable to human trafficking —Minister

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on December 12, 2012 at 8:59 pm

THE National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) has rescued 50 Nigerian girls, mostly underaged,  working as sex slaves in Ghana and Cote d’ Ivoire.

The girls, who were victims of human trafficking, are between the ages of 16 and 25.

Executive Secretary of NAPTIP, Mrs. Beatrice Jedy-Agba, who made this known at a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday, said three suspects, acting as their slave masters, were also arrested.

She said the suspects, who admitted to the crime, would be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others engaged in the  activities.

Source: Tribune

Nigerian Sex Trafficking Victims Abandoned

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on December 1, 2012 at 8:57 am

For many Nigerian victims of sex trafficking, coming home is as hard as the trip.  In Edo State, sometimes the same kind of so-called “magic” that binds victims to traffickers is used to set them free.

After five years of sex work on the streets in Italy, Patience Ken had paid $40,000 to her madam, essentially buying her freedom.  Before she could make any money of her own, she was arrested and thrown into a Roman jail.

Months later, she was handcuffed and brought to the airport.  From there, she was shipped back to Nigeria.  After she landed, they told her she was free.  She fainted.

“They said I am free, so there I got faint,” she recalled.  “I got faint because what am I going to do?   Where am I going to start from?  There is no money.  I am stranded.  No clothes.  Only the clothes that I am putting on.  Only the shoes that I am putting on.”

Ken sold her mobile phone to pay for her trip back to her village in Edo State, where most Nigerian sex trafficking victims in Europe originate.  When she arrived, her family was not happy to see another mouth to feed.

Neighbors whispered: “Had she been a prostitute?  Why then did she have no money?”

Source: Voice of America

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