Enough is enough
Meet Tama and Gift. They’re the youth advocates leading the movement to say no to the trafficking of girls in Nigeria.
They're calling on Nigerian federal government departments and state governments to come together and commit to running a public awareness campaign that reaches the most remote communities, to make sure every girl knows the risks of trafficking.
Will you stand with them?
“I want trafficking to stop in Nigeria. I don’t want other girls to go through what I went through,” says Hannah*. Her parents separated while she was growing up and she went to live with her grandmother. When her grandmother died, a friend suggested Hannah move to Abuja for work.
“A friend told me I should come to Abuja where there is money, where there is a job. She took me to a woman, who took me to a house where they were doing prostitution. There were so many girls there. She took advantage of them. Now I am a survivor of prostitution.”
“I lost my dad when I was eight years old and then everything became tougher for my mum, my siblings and me,” says Esther*. She was 16 when she travelled to Abuja for work, not knowing her journey would end in abuse and exploitation.
“I came to Abuja with two girls. A woman picked us up and we went to a hotel. I had to start sleeping with men – all kinds of men. She said if I didn’t, I’d have to pay her all the money back [for the journey].
"I didn’t want my life to be that, I was forced into it.”
*Names have been changed to protect identities