The Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Julie Okah-Donli has disclosed that the agency has captured about 150 stranded Nigerian citizens in Lebanon, including the ladies in a viral video calling out to the government and eminent Nigerians to help evacuate them from the country
This is even as the anti-human trafficking boss confirmed that about 5,000 Nigerians are currently stranded in the country.
Abuja Business Reports gathered that Lebanon is currently mired in its worst economic crisis in decades, with the downturn sparking soaring inflation and plunging almost half the country’s population into poverty.
However many Nigerians are being trafficked into the country with the promise of good, well-paid jobs.
Okah-Donli told Channels Television that “About 150 of them have been captured, including the girls in the video, for evacuation”.
But the cost of chartering a flight amid coronavirus-induced lock-downs across the world “is not cheap,” the NAPTIP chief added.
“When these ones are airlifted, another batch will cry for help,” she said. “The Federal Government can not fund this alone”, Okah-Donli said.
Okah-Donli said she will meet with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq on Monday and work with State Governments to help facilitate the evacuation of the ladies.