Authorities in Nigeria should investigate and close down networks that traffic Nigerian women and girls to Côte d'Ivoire and Mali for forced prostitution, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.
The group also called for collaboration among regional leaders to improve border patrol efforts in combating trafficking in person.
In its 2010 end of the year review report, made available to LEADERSHIP in Lagos on Tuesday, the group said it traveled across the length and breath of Nigeria and interviewed over 30 Nigerian women believed to have been trafficked out for prostitution in neigbouring Cote d'Ivoire and Mali, but the victims managed to return back home.
Scores of similar cases involving Nigerian women and girls were documented by interviews with Ivorian officials, United Nations personnel, and Nigerian embassy staff. Most of the victims were either between the ages of 15 and 17 or had been minors when brought to Côte d'Ivoire and Mali.