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Nigeria: NAPTIP Arrests Lebanese Trafficker

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Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Hon. Tolu Akande-Sadipe on Thursday said about 80,000 Nigerians are currently held as sex slaves and in forced labour across the world.

Akande-Sadip said this during plenary in Abuja, she said the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the guise of diplomacy is working towards the release of a Lebanese trafficker Wafik Mohammed Hamza who was apprehended by National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons after trafficking 16 girls to Lebanon.

She also said records show that Wafik Hamza was caught t in the trafficking of 16 girls of which 10 have been repatriated back to Nigeria while six remain stranded in Lebanon.

Hamza is currently in custody in Ilori, Kwara State awaiting trial for trafficking, but it appears that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the guise of diplomacy is working for the release of the said trafficker without any regard for citizens losses, their repatriation back home and compensation.

In addition Akande-Sadipe decried the extraordinary rise in the abuse and dehumanisation of Nigerians abroad especially in nations with long history of cordial relationship with Nigeria.

She sadded that the current treatment on Nigerians abroad particularly trafficked girls under the cover of foreign domestic staff is disturbing.

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