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Group stages protest to warn Nigerians against human trafficking



A group, Erelu Eyiade Foundation (EEF), on Thursday in Abuja staged a roadshow to sensitise Nigerians against the menace of human trafficking.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the group started the sensitisation show from Unity Fountain as they bemoaned the rate at which Nigerians were being trafficked daily.

Some of the leaflets distributed by the group to motorists and passersby read “human trafficking is worse than slave trade’’, Human trafficking debased the victim and ridicules our society”, “Human trafficking is a sin against humanity”, among others.

The group said that defeating human trafficking was a great moral calling of the group, adding that Nigerians must come together to fight the menace.

Chief Toyin Olumilua, the founder of EEF, said that she had rescued quite a few victims of trafficking and had enrolled some in schools while others were learning various trades.

Olumilua said that trafficking remained the worst crime against humanity, adding that she would not relent until the issue of trafficking was frontally dealt with.

She said that the campaign had been taken to various states of the federation, adding that she deemed it fit to bring the campaign against trafficking to the Federal Capital Territory.

Oyinlola Solanke, one of the victims, she rescued from trafficking in Saudi Arabia said she was deceived with a promise of greener pasture outside the country, only to be met with slavery.

Solanke said that she was subjected to a lot of harrowing experience, adding that she was also sexually harassed by her employer but resisted the move.

“I was employed as a maid, I worked almost every hour, my employer made several attempt to rape me, but I decide to be sleeping in the toilet since we are not allowed to lock the door to our room,” she said.

She called on Nigerians, especially the girls to desist from seeking greener pastures outside the shore of Nigeria, adding that no one could be trusted when it comes to trafficking.

Solanke said her cousin was the one who deceived her with the hope of a better life in Saudi Arabia only to be met with all forms of ill-treatments.