The Nigerian Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Ramatu Ahmed, has announced that over 10,000 Nigerian girls who reside in the country are forced into prostitution.
Ahmed added that the victims of the sex trade exploits were largely underaged girls, who were kept in appalling conditions in Ouagadougou and some mining camps across the West African country.
She made this revelation during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ouagadougou on Monday where she explained that many of these girls were promised jobs by the human traffickers who brought them into the country. She further noted that most of these girls were unwilling to return home.
“The spate of human trafficking here in Burkina Faso is a big concern to the embassy because, at present, we have nothing less than 10,000 Nigerian girls who have been trafficked into Burkina Faso as commercial sex workers.
“And most of these girls are underage; most left schools and are roaming about doing commercial sex work in Burkina Faso," Ahmed said.
Nigeria has its roots spread across the continent. Following the ongoing xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the country is closely monitoring the standard of living of Nigerians in diaspora.