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80,000 Nigerians in Diaspora are either Sex workers or Labourers – House of Rep

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The Federal House of Representative in a recent release has disclosed that not fewer than 80,000 among Nigeria citizens in Diaspora is either working as a labourer or a sex slave.

This was revealed during a plenary session on the floor of the Federal House of Representative in Abuja on Thursday, by the Chairman of the Committee on Diaspora, Tolu Akande-Sadipe.

Sadipe said a larger percentage of the Nigerians are in Mali, Lenanon and countries in the Middle East, She went further to condemn the complacency of the Ministry of Labour and Employment and its counterpart the Ministry of Foreign affairs.

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The Chairman pointed out an alleged Lebanese trafficker, Wafic Mohammed Hamza, was recently arrested and kept in custody in Ilorin to await trials, but the Ministry of Foreign affairs under the guise of diplomacy is seeking for his release.

She explained that Hamza was arrested for alleged trafficking sixteen Nigerian girls to Lebanon by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), and that ten out of the girls have been repatriated to Nigeria while six are still stranded in Lebanon.

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Sadipe in her statement elucidated that reports from NAPTIP has shown that there has been an increase in the number of distress calls from female Nigerians in Diaspora calling to be rescued from inhumane conditions in countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Lebanon and Mali.

The Chairman in her statement went on to implore the President to intervene in the issue and sanction the Minister and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, for not suspending the issuance of International Recruiters Licenses.

However, the house raised a motion to call for parliamentary intervention to see into the burning issues of trafficking and maltreating Nigerians in Diaspora.

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