Côte D’Ivoire is the home of hospitality in west Africa. It has been facing a serious problem in the darkness in terms of the human trafficking of Nigerians in the country.
Some Nigerians take the advantage of Ivorian government hospitality to an extreme end by luring their fellow Nigerians into prostitution in cote d’Ivoire.
They approached young girls in Nigeria, promising them good jobs and salary in cote d’Ivoire. Generally as a seamstress or a seller of some sort. And then once they arrive in Cote d’Ivoire, they are handed a pack of condoms and told that they have to pay off their debt through prostitution.
The women are forced to sleep with 30 men per day earning about four dollars per client ( 2000 CFA per client). The transport from Nigeria to cote d’Ivoire is not more than 50,000naira by road but these traffickers ask those girls to pay 1.5 million nairas, 2 million nairas, etc before they can stop the prostitution job. It is an exorbitant sum that several women had not been able to repay after two, or even six years, of sex work in cote d’Ivoire.
The traffickers usually take their travel documents and their identity cards as soon as they arrive to make sure that the girls cannot escape. Since 99% of them can not speak french, they find it difficult to communicate with people about their problem. I know ghettos where to find them, in each city they have not less than 2 ghettos.
I’m calling on Nigerian authorities to educate Nigerian women about the existence and methods of these traffickers. Also, offer assistance and protection to repatriated victims of trafficking. Nigerian women are brought to Ivory Coast through countries like Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Burkina Faso.
On a regional level, calling on the Economic Community of West African States to work with countries to protect women and girls from trafficking and bring perpetrators to justice.
Say no to Human trafficking of Nigerians to Côte D’Ivoire.
About the author:
Akanji Abdul Azeez O. is a Nigerian born and brought up in the soil of cote d’Ivoire. He’s an educationist, a political scientist, an advocate of humanitarian activities, a writer, and a public administrator.