18 teenage Nigerian girls forced into prostitution rescued from human traffickers in Ghana


More than 18 Nigerian girls whose age range between 16 and 18 years have been rescued from human traffickers in a daring operation by local security guards in Ghana.

The girls were reportedly lured to Ghana with promise of better life but were instead forced into prostitution.



Afam Osigwe

Chukwuemeka Mbamala

Chukwuemeka Mbamala

The girls, who were trafficked from various states, including Imo, Plateau, Benue and Anambra, revealed their harrowing experiences in a viral video.


The suspect, a Nigerian man, has been arrested and is currently in police custody.


Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the girls were rescued after a tip-off by NIDO, the umbrella body of Nigerians living in Ghana.

The victims were said to have revealed that they were beaten, molested and forced into prostitution without pay.


Among the rescued girls were three sisters whose parents were unaware of their whereabouts.


One of the sisters said: “We were lured with promise of better life and education in Ghana, but we ended up in a nightmare.


“We are grateful to be rescued, but we are still traumatised by our experience.”


The rescue operation highlights the pervasive and alarming issue of human trafficking in Nigeria.

According to a report by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria is a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking, with many victims being forced into prostitution, labour and other forms of exploitation.

The plight of the rescued girls underscores the urgent need for increased vigilance and stronger measures to combat human trafficking.


“We need to do more to protect our children from these predators,” said a concerned parent.


“We cannot afford to lose any more of our children to this scourge.”

The Nigerian government has pledged to combat human trafficking, but more needs to be done to address the root causes of this problem.

“We need to provide opportunities for our children and ensure that they are not vulnerable to false promises,” said a government official who did not want his name mentioned.


The rescue operation and the subsequent revelations have sparked outrage and calls for action. “We need to come together as a society to fight this problem,” said a human rights activist. “We cannot afford to let our children suffer at the hands of these traffickers.”


In response to the incident, it was gathered that the Nigerian government has established a task force to combat human trafficking.


The task force will work with security agencies and other stakeholders to identify and prosecute traffickers as well as provide support to victims.


The rescued girls are currently receiving medical and psychological care, and efforts are being made to reunite them with their families, it was learnt.

“We are grateful for the rescue operation, but we know that there is still much work to be done,” said one of the girls.


“We hope that our experience will serve as a lesson to others and that our government will do more to protect us,” another one said.


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