Trafficked Nigerian Girl Dies In Burkina Faso

Trafficked Nigerian Girl Dies In Burkina Faso

Thursday, February 26, 2015 10:51 pm

*After TheNews Investigative Report

By Simon Ateba/Lagos

A Nigerian girl who was trafficked to the West African country of Burkina Faso has been found dead barely a month after an investigative report exposed the awful conditions she and other Nigerian girls are subjected to in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.

Our investigative correspondent, Simon Ateba, travelled to Ouagadougou early in January to unravel the booming human trafficking business in the landlocked country.

Gift: Trafficked girl dies

Gift: Trafficked girl dies

What he discovered was a sophisticated human trafficking ring that takes girls all the way from Nigeria with the false promises of making their lives better in Europe via Burkina Faso.

The victim, known as Gift, was sold the same promises but ended up working as a sex slave in ‘Bar Dancing Petit Ouaga’, a brothel in Toudoubweogo village in Ouagadougou.

Our correspondent met her on 12 January this year during his investigation but she was found dead mid February.

‎In the report (‎, Gift who hailed from Edo State in Nigeria, narrated how she had travelled with someone for three days to get to Burkina Faso in April 2014.

But, instead of going straight to Ouagadougou, she travelled first to Dori where gold is being mined manually. Dori is about 271 kilometres from Ouagadougou.

She claimed she was 18 years old but she appeared younger than that. ‎ Most girls who are trafficked are taught to say they are 18 years and above.

During the conversation with our correspondent Gift expressed hope that once she had paid the traffickers some money, she would be free to move on with her life.

But she died a week ago, two activists said, as many other trafficked Nigerian girls who have died there far away from their family members, and not close to their dream lives.

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