I Did All Sort Of Jobs, But Prostitution To Pay Madam - Libya Returnee
Sex is one thing that sells all around the world and people in the business of trafficking persons are taking advantage of this to trick ladies into becoming sex toys.
A lady, Miss Chisom Johnson, returned from Libya on Thursday, bringing back a tale of a sad experience while the madam is somewhere lounging with huge amount of money her victim had earned doing all sort of jobs.
She was part of another batch of 121 stranded Nigerians in Libya who were received at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos by 9.15 p.m. on Thursday by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Sharing her story with reporters, Chisom said she had abandoned her hair stylist profession for a journey to Europe that never materialised.
Chisom was taken to Libya by her trafficker who promised to take her to Europe in 2014.
'Wasted Four Years'
She said: "I was deceived that I will get a better job in Germany as a stylist.
"There were 20 of us in the team and we were promised that we will fly to Germany but after two weeks we found ourselves in Niger Republic.
“We were in Libya after three weeks.
"Madam told all of us that we can’t get to Germany immediately. She ordered us to sell our bodies in order to refund the 1.4 million Naira she spent to transport us.
“I pleaded with her to give me another option and she asked me to work at a restaurant where I worked and refunded her money.”
The 32-year-old returnee alleged that after making the full payment, her madam orchestrated her kidnap and she was made to pay 650,000 Naira with an additional threat of paying an extra 1.3 million Naira to the woman.
"I paid her doing all sorts of work. I returned to Nigeria with nothing to show for the wasted four years
"I want to beg those people thinking about travelling on irregular journey to desist. There is nothing better out there than Nigeria.
"Is it the freedom to move around? Is it the liberty to engage in work without fear of hoodlums breaking into your house and taking away your sweat because there is no banking system for you?
"We had to keep our cash with us and the boys invade us to take it away. Nigerians should stay and look for better opportunities here, please," stressed.
Confirming the arrival of the 121 returnees on Friday at the airport, the Acting Zonal Coordinator, NEMA, South West Zone, Mr Segun Afolayan, urged the returnees to make good use of the second chance offered to them by God by forging ahead and making positive contributions to the development of Nigeria.
Afolayan said the returnees arrived at the Cargo Wing of the airport aboard a chartered Al-Buraq aircraft and were received by NEMA and other government agencies.
He explained that they were assisted back home by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) under its Assisted Voluntary Return Programme.
The returnees were made up of 29 females, five children and four infants.
Others, he said, included 75 male adults, two male children and six male infants.
The returnees were brought back from three volatile cities in Libya- Sabha, Bram Alshati and Oubari.
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