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Nigerian Women Tricked Into Prostitution In Burkina Faso Rescued (PICTURED)

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No fewer than six Nigerian women who were tricked into prostitution in Ouagadougu, Burkina Faso, have been rescued and reunited back with their families in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

The trafficker identified only as Balikis, reportedly locked the girls up in a room because they refused to yield to her demands of becoming commercial sex workers.

During the reunion with their families on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 the state Comptroller of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Innocent Akatu, disclosed that Balikis tricked the victims out of Nigeria,

According to Akatu, the rescued women who spent three weeks in Burkina Faso never informed their parents about the trip.

Four of the six girls rescued from prostitution in Burkina Faso and reunited with their families in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (Photo Credit: Punch)
Four of the six girls rescued from prostitution in Burkina Faso and reunited with their families in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (Photo Credit: Punch)

Punch reports that their journey back home began when one of them escaped and alerted the Burkinabe police.

Akatu said, “The victims, after being smuggled to Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, discovered that they were going to be used for prostitution. They were not even told that they were going to Burkina Faso. These girls were told that they would be given lucrative jobs abroad; one of them was told that she was going to manage a jewellery shop owned by her trafficker.

“One of them was taken from her home in Ikorodu, Lagos State, and driven to Saki in Oyo State. When she asked why it had taken them so long to reach the airport, she was told that the plane had left and that they would have to travel by road.

“The Nigerian embassy assisted in arranging emergency travelling documents for them to return to Nigeria after their lucky escape. We have taken them to the hospital for screening and they are HIV negative.”

Speaking about her ordeal, one of the rescued women, Ganiyat Samuel, who reportedly stayed with her grandmother and brother in the Ikorodu suburb of Lagos State said, “A woman, called Balikis, came to me and said that I would make more money as a fashion designer if I travel outside Nigeria. I told her that I had no passport, but she said that she would take care of it. I did not tell any of my parents.

“When we got to Saki, she said she could not get a passport for me because the office had closed. We travelled for two days to get to Burkina Faso. She took me to her house and told me that I would have to do HIV test. The test revealed that I was pregnant, but HIV negative. She told me that she brought me to the country for prostitution and that I would have to abort the pregnancy. I refused and she locked me in a room. When she brought another Nigerian a week later, I helped the girl to escape and she alerted the police. The police rescued us and arrested the woman.”

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