Agency Seeks End to Slavery of Nigerian Girls in Mali
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons is seeking an agreement between Nigeria and neighboring West African countries to stop Nigerian girls from being used as sex slaves in Mali.
At a presentation to the ECOWAS Parliament, NAPTIP Director-General, Julie Okah-Donli, told members of parliament that about 20,000 of the over one million Nigerians in Mali are girls believed to be victims of trafficking.
According to her, the number increases by 50 each day. The NAPTIP D-G, who said an MoU among member countries will help curb the trend, also recommended that all motor-parks should be sanitized and efforts should be made to stop extortion of Nigerians travelling to or through member countries. She also assured that NAPTIP will provide technical support to Mali, if it seeks to establish an anti-human trafficking agency.
Reliable sources claimed that there are more than one million Nigerians residing in Mali. About 20,000 of these Nigerians are girls believed to be victims of trafficking and the number increases by 50 per day. Many victims are deceived to leave their livelihoods in Nigeria for greener pastures in Mali. Some of the victims are abducted from Nigeria, including those that arrive in school uniforms.