50 trafficked Nigerian girls evacuated from Lebanon
The Federal Government has said 69 stranded persons including 50 trafficked Nigerian ladies arrived in the country from Lebanon on Sunday.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this via his Twitter handle while appreciating the Lebanese Government and the Lebanese community in Nigeria for their support in the evacuation process.
With the financial and logistic support of the Lebanese Government and Lebanese community in Nigeria, 50 trafficked Nigerian girls and 19 stranded Nigerians were successfully evacuated from Lebanon and arrived in Nigeria today (Sunday).
Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, tweeted his thanks to the Lebanese authorities for their financial and logistical support in making Sunday's evacuation possible.
A further 19 Nigerians, stranded in Lebanon because of Covid-19 lockdowns, were also repatriated.
Julie Okah-Donli, the head of Nigeria's National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (Naptip), said the hotel where the women were being quarantined was under guard to ensure their protection.
They would be offered ways to rebuild their lives after investigations into their cases, she said.
According to Naptip, at least 20,000 Nigerian girls were trafficked to Mali and forced into prostitution last year.
Ms Okah-Donli said the agency was working with the foreign ministry to repatriate citizens who had been trafficked.