The Nigerian Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Ramatu Ahmed, says over 10,000 Nigerian girls are forced into prostitution in Burkina Faso.
She disclosed this in Ouagadougou, the country’s capital, on Monday, September 16, adding that the victims of the sex-trade were mainly underage girls kept in appalling conditions in Ouagadougou and in mining camps across the West African country.
Ahmed, who has been in Burkina Faso since August 2017, said that over 200 Nigerian girls had been voluntarily repatriated this year.
According to the ambassador, many of the girls, who were promised jobs in the country and Europe by the human traffickers, are not willing to return home.
“The spate of human trafficking here in Burkina Faso is a big concern to the embassy because at present, we have about 10,00 Nigerian girls who have been trafficked into Burkina Faso as commercial sex workers.
“And most of these girls are underaged; most left schools and are roaming about doing commercial sex work in Burkina Faso.
“This apart from being a dent to our country, it is also a source of concern as far as their health is concerned. This is very serious to us and most of the girls who want to go back as a result this voluntary repatriation do it because they were tricked, they did not know the condition there are going to found themselves here.
“For every Nigerian girl that escapes and wants to go back, there are more than 10 in the bush that are willing to carry on,” she said
Ahmed condemned the activities of Nigerian syndicates operating in Burkina Faso, saying that the embassy will continue to track them down and bring the perpetrators to book in collaboration with the local authorities.
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