Although there is yet no reliable estimate of the number of children trafficked internally and externally in Nigeria, UNICEF says the country is a source, transit and destination country for trafficked women and children.
Despite the government’s efforts in combating this menace, the human trafficking business still thrives with women mostly affected.
A twitter user, Buki O. shares how 15 underaged girls were rescued from being exported to Saudi.
Omg. So I left my laptop at home, got hubby to send it in the flight after mine via air cargo and I’m here to pick up but I’ve walked into the most guy-wrenching situation ever.
I noticed there was a buzz within the airport with everyone looking towards the entrance then in overhead two airport staff saying “see them”. This awoke the detective in me sha and I proved further.
About 15 clearly underaged girls accompanied but a few adults walked into the airport while putting their belongings through the scanner at the door. They were oblivious to what was goi on around them. So young.
Turns out the poor CHILDREN are being “exported to Saudi Arabia for prostitution”. Someone called into a radio station this morning and tipped them off. They called the police who lay in wait for them. They’ve been rounded up and sectioned now.
These guys say it’s an open secret, the wealthy dons behind this racket. I said they are too young for such and one of these chaps said “them say Na these ones dey sweet pass”. (Almost decked him)
Young girls with their innocence stolen from them to satisfy the sadistic sexual urges of a few ogres and the pockets of lecherous evil and greedy people. Kai.
My heart breaks for this country.