Just in: I wanted to depart to France and I knew it was prostitution – Nigerian returnee from Libya gives touching narration
– A female indigene of Edo (22 years) who recently returned from Libya, has revealed why she left Nigeria for the north African country
– The returnee confessed that due to poverty in her family, she decided to leave the country with the intention of becoming a prostitute in France
– She regretted that she is back in Nigeria without anything to show for the ordeals she went through
An unnamed 22-year-old Nigerian from returnee Libya on Wednesday, June 6, revealed to journalists in Lagos that she took the dangerous journey to the country en route France to become a prostitute.
Hailing from Edo state, the returnee was one the 171 Nigerians that voluntarily returned from Libya on Tuesday, June 5. She made her confession at the Hajj Camp of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Vanguard reports.
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The returnees, including nine pregnant women, were brought back aboard a Buraq Airline with registration number 5A-DMG. They comprised 70 female adults, 90 male adults, three children and eight infants. Their return was made possible through the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
In her narrative, she said that her parents were poor farmers. She said: “When I heard about the possibility of making changes in the lives of my family, I told my parents and they didn’t object.
“I wanted to go to France and I knew it was prostitution that I would do, but I didn’t mind as long as I can make my parents comfortable. After many sufferings on the road from Kano, I was captured by some Libyans and my trafficker had to pay money to secure my release.
According to her, she was again held by another group and had to call her parents to denote money to buy her freedom.
She said: “They sold everything they had to send the money to me, but I was able to return to Nigeria through the assistance of IOM when we could no longer proceed to my destination.
“I was made to swear that upon reaching France and start working, I will pay my trafficker £12,000 and the herbalist £1,000 to settle all the expenses paid on me by my trafficker and the herbalist. “This was because I couldn’t raise any money for the journey.
“Now, I am back in Nigeria without anything to show for it. My parents will be worst hit. “How can I help my parents to recover?’’