A joint operation between the Nigerian Embassy in Dakar and an NGO has resulted in the rescue of 24 Nigerian girls from 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, Benin Republic, via the Mali-Senegal border for sexual exploitation.

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

Nigerian girls

Preliminary investigations indicate that the majority of the girls and women were school dropouts from Edo and Delta states, with a few others from Imo, Abia, and two from Plateau.

Abubakar confirmed that out 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 undisclosed.

However, the diplomat emphasized that the successful repatriation highlights the strong international cooperation between the embassy and the NGO, “Free the Slaves” (La Lumiere in French), in combating human trafficking

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

Source: Blackgh.com

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