Anambra indigenes in Malaysia raise alarm over trafficking from south east

Anambra indigenes in Malaysia raise alarm over trafficking from south east

- Anambra indigenes in Malaysia raise alarm over the influx of women from the south eastern part of Nigeria being trafficked into the country

- A group under the Anambra State Welfare Association Malaysia (ASWAM) lamented that the development does not augur well for the Ndigbo

- The association is currently seeking for ways to end the situation, saying it had rescued some of the trafficked women

Indigenes of Anambra state resident in Malaysia say they are not happy over the high number of women from the south east going into prostitution or being trafficked into the ‘business’ in the country.

The Nation reports that the indigenes under the aegis of Anambra State Welfare Association Malaysia (ASWAM) said the situation had become embarrassing and unbearable for them.

The chairman of the group, Okwunwanne Mmaduka, who spoke in Awka, the capital of Anambra state, said they were not only fighting the menace of trafficking but also kidnappings.

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Mmaduka denied the claim that every Igbo staying in Malaysia is regarded as a kidnapper.

He said most Igbo people in the country engage in genuine businesses while some are studying at the same time in the country.

Speaking with journalists, Mmaduka said they would meet the traditional ruler of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, and other monarchs as well as Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state over the trend.

According to him, the association receives over 20 complaints each week on the activities of the traffickers. He added that a lot of them have lost their lives in the process.

Mmaduka further noted that the association had rescued a number of such women and sent them back to Nigeria while some others had been sent to school in Malaysia just as he lamented that the development was giving Ndigbo bad names.

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“ASWAM is disturbed by the increasing cases of Anambra state women and girls in Malaysia falling victims of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

“We are taking the campaigns to our families, communities and traditional institutions here in Anambra state,” he said noting that the group was raising awareness on the menace.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Betsy, wife of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo, recently spoke about the campaign against human trafficking describing it as a fight for the soul of the state.

The governor's wife spoke in Benin, Edo state, where she was decorated as the patron of the Nigeria Girls Guide association.

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