[Stop-traffic] News/Italy-Nigeria: 3,000 Nigerian prostitutes await deportation from Italy

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Italy-Nigeria: 3,000 Nigerian prostitutes await deportation from Italy
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Oct 10 2000 - 16:32:26 EDT


3,000 Nigerian prostitutes await deportation from Italy
Panafrican News Agency, September 14, 2000

LAGOS, Nigeria (PANA) -- Women trafficking has assumed a serious dimension
in Nigeria, with a report that at least 3,000 girls awaiting deportation
from Italian prisons for prostituting.

The number is in addition to the 403 others deported from various countries
for the same reason between January and July, according to Titi Abubakar,
wife of the Nigerian vice president.

Titi, founder of Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication, was
speaking in Abuja while receiving the organisation's draft bill on women
trafficking.

She problem of women trafficking in Nigeria has forced the mid-western
state of Edo, where most of the girls originated, to enact an
anti-prostitution law to curb the practice.

The state's anti-prostitution bill, signed into law by Governor Lucky
Igbinedion last week, was the highpoint of his wife's campaign against
international prostitution. The state's first lady, Eky Igbinedion, had
initiated the Idia Renaissance to ensure the "rebirth of social and moral
values among Edo women."

"Prostitution is not part of our culture, rather it is one of the inimical
baggage that came with Westernisation and which also provide avenue for
rapid spread of AIDS," the governor said while signing the anti-
prostitution bill.

Even though many of the deported women have been paraded publicly, it has
not deterred those willing to travel out of the country for prostitution.

Italy is the country of choice for Nigerian prostitutes, though some also
travel to other European countries.

The enormity of the problem, coupled with that of child trafficking, led to
the formation of the organisation by Titi Abubakar

She said the Nigerian Embassy in Gabon had been repatriating not less than
15 child labourers monthly since the beginning of the year, and urged wives
of policy makers to remind their spouses of the need for good governance,
poverty alleviation and employment of youths.

"The menace of trafficking is neither geographical, tribal nor
gender-based, It respects no status. It is a multi-dimensional problem,"
she said.
Melanie Orhant
Stop-Traffic Moderator

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