NAPTIP raises alarm over trafficking of Malian girls into Nigeria for prostitution

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NAPTIP raises alarm over trafficking of Malian girls into Nigeria for prostitution

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has raised the alarm on the trafficking of Malian girls to Nigeria for prostitution.

Mr Nduka Nwawenene, NAPTIP Commander, Benin Zonal Office, made this known on Sunday in Benin, Edo State capital, during a Road Walk.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NAPTIP organised the Walk to mark the 2023 World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

“We gathered intelligence reports that victims are now being trafficked from Mali into Benin for prostitution and we are investigating.

“Before now, more than 20,000 Nigerian girls were stranded in Mali.

“Mali used to be one of the destinations for trafficked Nigerian girls.

“Now the reverse is the case as Malian girls are being trafficked into Nigeria.

“Before now, we heard stories about Malian men ready to do anything to meet with Nigerian girls.

“Victims have confessed that they make more money in Mali and that Malian men would spend everything they had to get cosy with Nigerian girls.

“But now the reverse is the case; their girls are the ones coming to Benin and we are investigating,’’ he said.

Speaking on the theme for the 2023 celebrations, Nwawenene said all hands must be on deck to curb the trafficking, particularly of Persons with Disabilities for exploitation and organ harvesting.

“We do not have the statistics of hearing-impaired persons already trafficked, but their group claims that some of them had been trafficked and that they were used for domestic jobs and other exploitation.

“Now that we have brought them into our fold, we will collect their statistics to enable NAPTIP to rescue and to rehabilitate them,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the event was supported by the International Organisation for Migration and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, among other stakeholders.

The World Day against Trafficking in Persons is observed annually on July 30.

The theme for the 2023 celebration is: “Reach every victim of trafficking, Leave no-one behind.”

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