About 20, 000 women and girls may have been trafficked from Nigeria to Mali where they are being forced into prostitution, after being promised a job in Malaysia.
Reuters reported that the women and girls, who are between 16 and 30 come mostly from states in southern Nigeria, including Delta, Rivers, Bayelsa, Anambra and Edo.
The recent discovery made by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, revealed that hundreds of women and girls were being held hostage in Kangaba area of southern Mali, where 100 to 150 girls are kept in a shack and over 200 of such places are scattered around the area.
Julie Okah-Donli, the director general of the anti-trafficking agency said that the women were held “in horrible, slave-like conditions, and they cannot escape because they are kept in isolated locations, like deep in forests.”
The agency said 41 women and girls was sent back home in December and was working on returning others home.
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