10,000 Nigerians Forced into Prostitution in Burkina Faso - Ambassador
The Nigerian Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Ramatu Ahmed, says no fewer than 10,000 Nigerians are forced into prostitution in the country.
Ahmed disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ouagadougou.
She noted that the victims of sex-trade are mainly underage girls kept in appalling conditions in mining camps in the West African country.
“The spate of human trafficking in Burkina Faso is a real concern to the embassy because at present we have not less than 10,000 Nigerian girls who have been trafficked into Burkina Faso for commercial sex work.”
“Most of these girls are underage, most left schools and are just roaming about doing commercial sex work in Burkina Faso.
The ambassador who has been in Burkina Faso since August 2017 said that many of the girls were promised jobs in the country and Europe by the human traffickers and are unwilling to return home.
Ahmed bemoaned the activities of sex-trade syndicates operating in Burkina Faso and vowed that the embassy, in collaboration with the local authorities would track them down and bring them to book.
She said the embassy was working in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) office in Ouagadougou to assist in the voluntary repatriation of victims of human trafficking.
Ahmed said over 200 Nigerian girls have been voluntarily repatriated this year by the embassy.
“About 200 girls have been repatriated to Nigeria by the embassy.
“This is apart from those who ran to the churches, some to other civil society organisations and IOM.
“In fact, IOM has complained to the embassy that most of its money meant for West Africa is used to repatriate Nigerian girls back home and they are complaining that with time they will not be able to cope with the number.
“So, if the embassy alone has repatriated 200 girls, you can imagine how many the IOM has repatriated and the reason they are complaining.’’
She advised young Nigerian girls to be wary of people who promise them jobs outside the shores of the country, saying that such people were traffickers.