The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), says federal government will soon repatriate over 50 Nigerian girls trapped in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Director–General NAPTIP, Julie Okah–Donli, said this recently in Abuja while briefing Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, on the outcome of the investigation on Nigerian girls trafficked to Saudi Arabia.
The director general who came along with one of the victims said the team was set up by the minister after a complaint was lodged by NAPTIP on the nation’s youth being innocently trafficked to Saudi.
One of the victims said, there are many Nigerian girls who were stranded in Saudi working under condition like slave in people’s home.
According to her, most of them are raped while others are made to work 18 hours out of 24 hours. She said many were made to sleep in very poor condition and not paid in accordance with what the fraudulent trafficking agencies promised them.
The minister described the situation as pathetic and said that the federal government was going to deal with the issue holistically and see the end of the menace.
Mr Onyeama said there was a report that had a serious and negative impact on the country and the people, which made the ministry to set up an investigation team on it.
He said the ministry was in the process of having inter-ministerial meetings with all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to really address the problem and tackle the issue once and for all.