Aishat Areni, a 23-year-old lady from Ogun state, has narrated how her aunt lured her to Lybia after deceiving her with the promise of travelling to New York City, USA to practise catering.
Aisha was one of the 173 Nigerians who returned from Libya on Tuesday, October 15, that were received in Lagos by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Address newsmen after her return, Aisha said her aunt was the person who lured her into the troubled country (Lybia), and that she later found out after leaving Nigeria. She said:
“It was my mates that revealed to me that it was Libya that we were heading and I started making trouble that it was USA that I was promised.
“When we got to Libya, I was told that there’s nothing like catering job; that is either you be a house girl or to be sold out to Connection House, which is prostitution network,” she said.
The returnee said she worked for one year and three months but paid her trafficker N90,000 monthly for five months.
She said she decided to return home because the nature of the work in Libya is not ideal for a human being.
”I will advise whoever is thinking of going to Libya never to contemplate doing so.
“Nigeria is far better than Libya; Libya is dangerous. It is either you are kidnapped, killed, raped or robbed, and there’s bombing here and there. Nigerians are not safe there,” she added.
Areni explained that her mother contacted the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and that this marked the beginning of her return to Nigeria.
“A phone number of a member of the staff of the Nigerian embassy was sent to me and it was the embassy staff that facilitated my return to the country.
”I am grateful to the Nigerian government for helping me back to the country,” she said.