Thirty Nigerian ladies said to be commercial sex workers trafficked to Lebanon are calling on the Nigerian Government to come to their aid due to the fact that they have been stranded in the country.
In a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Saturday 1st August, 2020 by Mr. Ajibola Abayomi, the President of Journalists International Forum (JIFORM), made the appeal.
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Abayomi said “JIFORM has forwarded details of human trafficking agents involved in this matter to the relevant agencies and shall monitor it to the logical conclusion to ensure proper investigation and prosecution of those involved.”
The victims according to Abayomi, had to run way from inhuman treatments from their mistresses were seen camped in a single room with no functional facilities at Dawra city of Lebanon.
One of the victims, a 23 year old graduate of Edo State Polytechnic, Ekpoma, Miss Adebisi Comfort Oluwatoyin with passport number: A10597908 revealed to JIFORM that prior her departure to Lebanon, she’d being a resident of Osun State and an indigene of Oyo State.
Narrating their ordeal Miss Oluwatoyin said ” Our belongings and international passports were ceased with no payments for the services we have been rendering for months. They loosen and cut our hairs with razor blade”.
Oluwatoyin, also said their lives are endangered plus they are not getting justice simply because the Police and Immigration were not on their side.
Though she confessed that the Nigerian Embassy in Lebanon has been of help, but at the same time pleaded with the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and other agencies to come to their rescue.
Confirming the genuineness of the victims claims, the Executive Director, Rescue Africa In Slavery Organisation (RAIS), Mrs Omotola Fawunmi, who according to Abayomi spoke from the United States, pleaded with the Nigerian government and other agencies to rescue the victims.
Fawunmi also said “The Nigerian government must act fast”, adding that aside the case of these 30 in Lebanon, there are about 300 trafficked victims trapped in Oman and many more across other Asian countries.
Fawunmi who claimed to have been of help to the victims also states that her organisation also ” facilitate the evacuation of thousands of human trafficking victims in the last few years”.
Meanwhile, the County Manager, the Migrant Project Nigeria, Mr Claire Henshaw also pleaded with the Nigeria in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) and the NAPTIP to take urgent action.
Henshaw also said there is need to first and foremost evacuate the ladies as soon as possible they are in dare need of shelter, medical treatment and food. He also added that that conversing with Comfort, one of the victims proved their bad condition of living.
Finally he beseeched the agencies involved to ensure a thorough investigation and punishments for other agents and traffickers responsible for this inhumane treatment and bringing shame to the name of the country.