- About nine Nigerian girls have been rec=scued from the trick of traffickers at the Muritala Mohammed Airport, Lagos
- This was disclosed by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) on Saturday, January 25
- NIS' spokesman, James Sunday, said that most of the girls were to be trafficked to Lebanon, Cairo, Dubai and India
The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has recorded a major victory in the battle against trafficking as it has rescued about nine girls who were to be taken to Lebanon, Cairo, Dubai and India.
The feat by the NIS was on Saturday, January 25, revealed by its spokesperson, James Sunday, who said that the girls were about to board Ethiopian, Peace, Egypt and East Airlines when they were accosted by security officers, Channels TV reports.
According to Sunday, some of the girls had no ideas who their employers were in the foreign countries nor the kind of job they were leaving Nigeria for.
However, after much investigations and questioning, about two of the girls confessed that they were travelling out of the country to 'Hustle' in Dubai, a term that loosely means prostitution for some females.
The NIS disclosed that the suspicious trips were organised by fraudulent agents who advantage of girls by promising them juicy but vain offers abroad.
Sunday said: “Considering that the Nine(9) girls had no credible mission for embarking on the failed journey they were refused departure to save their lives and dignity.”
He warned parents to beware of falling for sweet promises especially from family members whose motive is to traffic their ignorant and susceptible kids to other distant countries.
The spokesman said that the officers will for no reason permit such young persons departure, and that "if they so appear in an attempt to beat security they will continue to be arrested in our stepped-up clearance operation that is yielding positive results in the various arrests made around the borders of the country by NIS.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Gauteng high court in South Africa delivered a landmark judgment on Wednesday, September 18, sentencing an alleged Nigerian national, Ediozi Odi, to six life terms and an additional 129 years after finding him guilty of human trafficking.
Odi and his co-accused, Nomsa Hlalele and Luke Botha, were arraigned in court with over 20 charges bordering on human trafficking and other sex crimes.
They were specifically accused of using three girls, aged between 13 and 14, as sex slaves. Odi, described as a brother master, and his colleagues reportedly lured the girls from the streets with promises of a better life.
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