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I Was Headed To France To ‘Work’ – Female Libya Returnee

A 22-year-old Libya returnee (names withheld), on Wednesday told newsmen in Lagos that she made the perilous journey to the North African country with the sole aim of joining a prostitution ring in France.

The returnee, who hails from Edo, was among the 171 Nigerians that voluntarily returned from Libya on Tuesday night.

She spoke at the Hajj Camp of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Narrating her ordeal, she said that her parents were peasant farmers who were struggling to survive the hardship in Nigeria.

She said: “When I heard about the possibility of making changes in the lives of my family, I told my parents and they didn’t object.

“I wanted to go to France and I knew it was prostitution that I would do, but I didn’t mind as long as I can make my parents comfortable.’’

According to her, on getting to Libya, after much suffering on the road from Kano, I was captured by some Libyans and my trafficker had to pay money to secure my release.

The returnee narrated that she was again held by another group and had to call her parents to raise money in order to secure her freedom.

“They sold everything they had to send the money to me, but I was able to return to Nigeria through the assistance of IOM when we could no longer proceed to my destination.

“I was made to swear that upon reaching France and start working, I will pay my trafficker £12,000 and the herbalist £1,000 to settle all the expenses paid on me by my trafficker and the herbalist. This was because I couldn’t raise any money for the journey.

“Now, I am back in Nigeria without anything to show for it. My parents will be worst hit. How can I help my parents to recover?’’



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