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Lawyers Alert seeks justice for trafficked victim, others

A group known as Lawyers Alert in Benue State has indicated its readiness to ensure justice for a 22-year-old female victim of human trafficking who escaped from her captors in far away Burkina Faso after spending days in their den.

Also, the organisation, has urged its partners and relevant stakeholders to do everything within their limits to secure the release of two other girls from the state who are still held captive by the trafficking syndicate.

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Speaking in Makurdi, head of the Lawyers Alert, Lazarus Mom, disclosed that a case involving one 22-year-old (name withheld), an indigene of Benue state was reported to his organisation on September 24, this year for legal advice and possible assistance.

He said that a certain man, Saviour Daboor, also an indigene of Benue was arrested and detained by the police in Makurdi for allegedly being involved in human trafficking of the young lady and four other girls.

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It said Daboor took the five girls to Lagos State under the pretence of giving them jobs to make life more meaningful for them.

Mom however narrated that on arriving in Lagos, the girls were handed over to an unknown woman and that the girls were further taken out of Nigeria to Burkina Faso obviously for prostitution and sex slavery rather than a conventional job promised by Daboor.

He explained further that following a medical examination on the girls as part of requirement for the illegal job, it was discovered that one of the girls was pregnant and another sick which wasn’t good for the job so the two were sent back home which resulted in the arrest of Daboor and the pressure thereafter eventually resulted in the return of the third girl.

On her part, the 22-year-old victim, whose mother first reported the matter to the Police ‘D’ Division in Makurdi, corroborated the lawyer as she stressed that Daboor was a well-known neighbour who convinced her that a branch of his office in Lagos had vacancy and accommodation for her.

But unknown to her, there were no such job which was supposed to earn her N50,000 income monthly, instead, she alongside the other girls were forcefully taken to another country where they were told the job was prostitution.

Meanwhile, the Lawyers Alert, said the matter was already in court while the accused, Daboor had been granted bail. The case would come up again for hearing on December 19.

 


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