Another muslim country demonstrates just how much they value women in islam.
Teenage trafficking on the rise in northern Nigeria
KANO, Nigeria (AFP) — The trafficking of teenage girls from poor villages to northern Nigerian cities to work as domestic help for meagre wages is on the rise, officials said at the weekend.
“The business of recruiting teenagers as domestic help is booming despite our efforts to put a stop to it,” said Bello Ahmed, head of the Kano office of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP), in charge of 18 northern and central states.
The girls, usually between the ages of 12 and 17, are paid around 1,500 naira (13 dollars, eight euros) a month, money that they send to their parents, Ahmed told AFP.
However meagre the wage, for the parents it means a little more cash and one mouth fewer to feed.
Ahmed said NAPTIP has succeeded in putting a stop to the practice of ferrying the house girls into the cities in trucks “like chickens”.
But if transport methods have improved somewhat, the trafficking continues.
“In fact it’s on the rise. The more the law enforcement agencies perfect strategies to stop it, the more the traffickers find sophisticated ways of running their trade,” said Mairo Bello, head of Adolescent Health Information Project, a Kano-based NGO.
Some of the teenage workers are raped or beaten by their employers and NAPTIP keeps a dormitory for such girls.
“We now have two girls in our custody who were raped by their masters, one of them four-month pregnant and another one that had ground chilli pepper poured into her private parts by her mistress for not washing a plate well,” Ahmed said.
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