Human Trafficking is Thriving in Nigeria – John Kerry

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United States Secretary of State, John Kerry has said that Nigerian women and children are subjected to forced prostitution throughout Europe.

In a recent Trafficking in Persons Report, Kerry said Nigeria is described as a transit point for West African children subjected to forced labour in the country’s granite mines and children and women subjected to sex trafficking.

The report said “Nigerian women and girls are subjected to forced prostitution throughout Europe. Nigerian women and children are also recruited and transported to destinations in North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, where they are held captive in the sex trade or in forced labour. Nigerian gangs subject large numbers of Nigerian women to forced prostitution in the Czech Republic and Italy.

“Nigerian women are transported to Malaysia, where they are forced into prostitution and to work as drug mules for their traffickers. West African women transit Nigeria to destinations in Europe and the Middle East, where they are subsequently subjected to forced prostitution.

“Children from West African countries are subjected to forced labour in Nigeria, including in Nigeria’s granite mines. Nigeria is a transit point for West African children subjected to forced labour in Cameroon and Gabon.”

The report also added that trafficked children are being used as child soldiers in the fight against Boko Haram.

The report urged President Muhammadu Buhari to be curb down human traffickers all over the country so at to put an end to the practice.

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