Stranded Nigerian women in Lebanon seek evacuation

About 30 Nigerian women stranded in Lebanon have called on the Nigerian government and other stakeholders to help them return to Nigeria.

The women who made the plea in a series of short videos shot in an overcrowded room on 30 July said they were living in deplorable conditions having been trafficked to Lebanon and wish to return to Nigeria as soon as possible.

“We are dying here and we need urgent rescue attention from our Nigerian government,” said Comfort Oluwatoyin Adebisi, one of the victims, who spoke on behalf of others.

According to Adebisi, they were promised high paying jobs before leaving Nigeria but were subjected to forced labour and sexual exploitation upon arrival in Lebanon.

“Our belongings and international passports were seized with no payments for the service we have been rendering for months. They loosen and cut our hairs with a razor blade,” said Adebisi.

National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) said it will work with relevant agencies to ensure the safe and speedy return of the women.

More than 100 Nigerians who were victims of human trafficking to Lebanon have been returned to the country since May 2020, said NAPTIP.

TMP_ 01/08/2020

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Photo caption: An African woman behind bars.