The Director General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Dame Julie Okah-Donli made an appeal to President Buhari led Federal Government to save Nigerians from slave auctions in Mali so as to protect Nigerian citizens from being sold into slavery. The Director General described the slave trade as a “sickening crime against humanity,”
The NAPTIP boss said the agency is making efforts to rescue about 20,000 Nigerian girls trapped in different parts of Mali. She also stated that many of the girls said that they were deceived that, they were being taken to “Malisia”, making it sound like Malaysia, to work in hotels, restaurants, hairdressing salons and some other jobs. She also added that some of the girls were sold for N600, 000 and were made to service, mainly miners.
Mrs. Julie Okah-Donli, disclosed that more than 20,000 Nigerian women and girls were stuck and are suffering in Southern Mali and have no choice but to succumb to prostitution.