24 Nigerian girls rescued from sexual exploitation in Senegal

24 Nigerian girls rescued from sexual exploitation in Senegal

A joint operation between the Nigerian Embassy in Dakar and an NGO resulted in the rescue of 24 Nigerian girls victims of sexual exploitation in the Tamaccounda and Kedougou regions of Senegal.

The Acting Ambassador of the Nigerian Embassy in Dakar, Salihu Abubakar, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday, June 23, 2024.

According to him, the victims, mostly girls and women aged between 11 and 24, but predominantly underage girls, were trafficked to Senegal through Cotonou, in the Republic of Benin, across the border between Mali and Senegal, for sexual exploitation.

“These girls and many more are being trafficked to Senegal through Cotonou, Republic of Benin, via Mali, to the border with Senegal, for prostitution,” explained Abubakar.

Preliminary investigations indicate that most girls and women dropped out of school in Edo and Delta states, with a few others from Imo, Abia and two from Plateau.

Abubakar confirmed that of the 24 girls and women, 22 had been repatriated weeks earlier, while the remaining two returned safely to Nigeria on Saturday.

The health status of the victims and details regarding the duration of their exploitation remain unknown.

However, the diplomat stressed that the success of the repatriation highlights the strong international cooperation between the embassy and the NGO “Free the Slaves” (La Lumiere in French), in the fight against human trafficking.

“Our main objective and number one priority is to discourage the trafficking of our Nigerian girls to any part of the world for prostitution under any pretext,” Abubakar said.

Source: www.lindaikejisblog.com

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