The authorities in the UK and Nigeria have joined forces to launch a Not For Sale campaign, urging Nigerian women and girls to find jobs at home instead of “risking a life of modern slavery” in the UK.
Posters will go up in schools, churches and marketplaces in an attempt to reduce human trafficking, sexual exploitation and forced labour.
Baroness Dame Julie Okah-Donli, the head of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons in Nigeria, told BBC Newsday that human trafficking was a global problem and that there are many girls who are forced into prostitution, forced labour and domestic servitude as they travel out of Nigeria to look for work.
“It’s everywhere, all the states are endemic. It’s no longer an Edo problem or a Delta problem. It’s now all the states. Most of them have very low self-esteem and it’s a question of their mindset,” she said.