One of the Libya returnees, who arrived in Nigeria recently said she traveled out to help her parents who she described as struggling peasant farmers.
She said, “When I heard about the possibility of making changes in the lives of my family, I told my parents and they didn’t object. I wanted to go to France and knew that it was prostitution that I would do.
“I didn’t mind as long as I can make my parents comfortable. But on getting to Libya after much suffering on the road from Kano, I was held by some Libyans and my parents and trafficker raised money to free me.
“Again, I was held by another group but this time, I had to call my parents to raise money in order to free me. They sold everything they had and sent the money to me but I was only able to return to Nigeria through the assistance of IOM, when we could no longer proceed to my destination.”
She said she was made to swear that upon reaching France, she would pay her trafficker £12,000 and the herbalist £1,000.
“Now I am back in Nigeria without anything to show for it. My parents will be the worst hit,” she said.