Tuesday, 28 February 2017

CHILD TRAFFICKING: 41 Girls Return From Mali (Photos)

41 Nigerian human trafficking victims have returned home from Bamako, Mali.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Matters, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who received the victims at the International Airport on Monday night, note that the young girls were tricked into travelling to Mali in pursuit of economic opportunities.

Speaking with newsmen Mrs Dabiri-Erewa said that the Chief of Defence Staff, Nigerian Air Force, NAPTIP, and other relevant government agencies assisted in the rescue operation, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari had given a directive to evacuate and rehabilitate any Nigerian stranded outside the country.

“They were deceived into embarking on the journey. We will ensure we train them to the state of proficiency in different vocations, after which we will trace their parents and counsel them. The NAPTIP has been tasked with rehabilitating the victims.

“We will monitor the girls for two years so they do not sell their vocational equipment. It goes beyond poverty for them to embark on such a mission. The government had to rescue them because they sent a distress call. This made Buhari direct the service chiefs to wade into the matter to rescue the girls,” she added. More pictures after the cut..

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