Nigerian victims of human trafficking rescued from Lebanon


Nigeria’s foreign minister has announced the rescue of fifty trafficked Nigerian women and their return to their home country.

They have all been placed in quarantine following their arrival on Sunday, as a precaution against the coronavirus.

At the end of their quarantine, the country’s anti-trafficking agency is expected to interview them about their experiences.

The UN says thousands of women and girls from Nigeria and other African countries are trafficked every year.

They are often lured away with promises of jobs in Europe or Asia, but usually end up being exploited as domestic maids or forced into prostitution.

Last month, a Nigerian woman working as a maid in Lebanon was rescued after being put up for sale on Facebook for US$1,000 (£807).

While last year, an undercover BBC News Arabic investigation in Kuwait found that domestic workers were being illegally bought and sold online in a booming black market. (Source: BBC)