The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) said it is making efforts to rescue about 20,000 Nigerian girls trapped in different parts of Mali.
Julie Okah-Donli, the Director- General of NAPTIP, who made this known in an interview in Abuja, said the victims were trapped in different parts of Mali engaged in prostitution. Mrs. Okah-Donli said that the trafficked victims were discovered after NAPTIP sent a fact-finding mission to Mali last December, following some security reports.
She said: “We sent a fact-finding mission to Mali last month and the mission came with a report that about 20,000 Nigerian girls had been trafficked to different parts of Mali. Many of the girls said that they were deceived that, they were being taken to “Malisia”, making it sound like Malaysia, to work in hotels, restaurants, hairdressing salons and some other jobs.
She said, “Some of the girls arrived there in their school uniforms, meaning that they were kidnapped on their way to or from school”.
The NAPTIP boss decried the living condition of trafficked Nigerians in the West African country, adding that some of the girls were sold for N600, 000 and was made to service miners.