Rasheedat Taiwo Saka, an eight-month pregnant Nigerian lady trafficked to Lebanon, has cried out for assist after she was deserted to her destiny by Nigerian authorities.
Saka informed SaharaReporters on Monday that regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has had no entry to meals or medical care and was at the moment locked up in her traffickers’ workplace alongside different victims.
Narrating her ordeal, Saka mentioned she left Nigeria after her husband died in November 2018 and issues turned tough financially.
She mentioned three brokers in Nigeria together with one Mr John and one other particular person named Victor approached her and offered her the chance of working in Lebanon.
“Earlier than I left for Lebanon, they purchased our passport and ticket and mentioned two months of our wage will probably be theirs’ once we obtained there.
“I did not know I used to be pregnant after I left Nigeria. Once I obtained to Lebanon, the company and my employer took me to the hospital, they came upon I used to be pregnant however nonetheless pressured me to work.
“Regardless of my situation, I used to be pressured to work for six months from home to accommodate till the home the place I labored final. I had began exhibiting very properly, the girl returned me to the company.
“I’ve not been paid. I reached out to the agent, Mr John, and narrated my ordeal to him saying I needed to return dwelling as a result of the company in Lebanon claimed I owed them. He dismissed me, saying my hassle was an excessive amount of and requested me to contact my household to settle the Lebanese traffickers even when he knew I’ve no household. He has additionally been disturbing me, asking me to pay him, claiming I nonetheless owed him after accumulating my wage from the company in Lebanon,” she mentioned.
Saka, SaharaReporters gathered, is at the moment locked up within the trafficking company known as Damaj Providers in Lebanon.
“I, alongside different girls, some from Nigeria and others from Ghana, are at the moment locked up in an workplace constructing.
“The mattress we’re sleeping on is youngsters’s dimension and I’m eight months pregnant. All through yesterday I couldn’t sleep as a result of I’m in extreme ache.
“I’m hungry too. Actually, so hungry that I needed to beg one of many employees within the constructing to purchase meals for me yesterday to eat, he purchased bread and gave me. Then we got 5 items of potatoes to eat; we’re greater than six in quantity,” she lamented.
When SaharaReporters contacted Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Fee, over the problem on Monday, her cellphone rang out with out response.
A textual content message despatched to her was additionally not replied as on the time of submitting this report.
Adekola Damilola an activist with Rescue Africans In Slavery (projectferry), a undertaking working to attract consideration to the plight of trafficked Nigerians in Lebanon and Oman, mentioned the most important problem they encounter is the unwillingness on the a part of the Nigerian Authorities to rescue girls and ladies in peril overseas.
“There may be unwillingness on the a part of authorities. They will do extra by sending a flight, like an amnesty and asking all girls and ladies who’re trafficked and wish to return to return again dwelling from Lebanon, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
“Immigration officers are additionally a part of the issue. They accumulate cash from these brokers who’re traffickers and permit them.
“If employees from companies like NAPTIP are positioned in airports, they’re skilled to know who’s being trafficked and might intervene even earlier than the ladies depart Nigeria. They need to even be positioned in embassies overseas as a result of I’ve heard of many circumstances the place embassy employees simply take names and complaints and ship the ladies again to their traffickers with none motion.”