July 23, 2015 – 6 Nigerian Girls Smuggled To Burkina Faso To Work As Prostitutes Rescued From Cash Madam
6 Nigerian ladies tricked out to the country by a human smuggler simply identified as Balikis have been rescued.
The victims reported Balikis to the police in Burkina Faso after she confessed to them that she brought them over for prostitution.
NIS Comptroller Innocent Akatu who reunited the girls with their parents in Ibadan yesterday said the girls were tricked out of Nigeria with the promise of a better life.
Akatu said the girls refused to engage in prostitution in Ouagadougu, Burkina Fasso, and were locked in a room by the trafficker.
He added that they regained freedom after one of them escaped and alerted the police .
“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.” – said Akatu
One of the girls, Ganiyat Samuel narrated her ordeal to NIS.
She 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.”