The Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, is worried over the rate Nigerian girls are trafficked and trapped in the Saudi Arabia for forced labour and rapped.
Onyeama said in Abuja when the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Director General, Dame Julie Okah–Donli, briefed him on the outcome of the investigation on Nigerian girls trafficked to Saudi Arabia.
The minister expressed dismay at how Nigerian youths are being taken out of the country to Saudi Arabia under the guise of getting jobs for them but instead end up being used for slave labour, tortured and sexually abused.
Onyeama, who described the situation as pathetic, said that the Federal Government was going to deal with issue holistically and see the end of the menace.
He said that there was a report that had a serious and a very negative impact on the country and the people which made the ministry to set up an investigation team on it.
“The report showed that this is a real scourge and it is just too pervasive now in our society and a lot of work is being done by the NAPTIP which is commendable.
“Human trafficking is about trafficking beyond our other as a large part of it beyond our bother and this is concern the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we are also very much worry
“We need to sensitise our country and our people and to bring the issues closer to home through a personal experience,” he said.
He said that the ministry was in the process of having inter-ministerial meetings with all MDAs to really address the problem and tackle the issue once and for all