Serhat TUNAR –TDO- Nigeria’s anti-trafficking agency has said it found thousands of missing girls and women in southern Mali, many of whom were sold slaves.
According to the agency NAPTIP, there are between 20,000 and 45,000 kidnapped Nigerian women in Mali it intends to return to Nigeria.
General Julie Okah-Donli, NAPTIP Director, said the women mostly came from rural areas of six different states in Nigeria.
“They were tricked into going to Mali by giving them the impression they were going to get jobs in hotels, for example,” Okah-Donli told Al Jazeera.
“Some were actually abducted while going to school.
“There are over one million Nigerians resident in Mali, out of which about 20,000 are trapped into forced. The conditions are horrible. They are kept in the thick of the forest where they cannot escape and with the ‘madams’ watching over them.”