Minister Vows to Prevent Hotels from Lodging Underage Girls to Combat Trafficking (Video) | #NwokeukwuMascot


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In a decisive move to address the growing menace of human trafficking, the Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye, announced a new policy aimed at preventing hotels from lodging underage girls. This announcement comes in response to the recent rescue of ten Nigerian teenage girls who were allegedly trafficked to Ghana for prostitution.

Speaking at the ‘Unlock Training and Grants’ ceremony in Abuja on Saturday, Kennedy-Ohaneye highlighted that the Ministry of Women Affairs will begin implementing these measures starting Monday.

“From June 20th, hotels across Nigeria will be mandated to display 'No Lodging of Underage Girls' signs at their entrances,” she declared. She warned that non-compliance would result in significant penalties, referencing recent trafficking incidents to underscore the severity of the issue.

Kennedy-Ohaneye also addressed the urgent need to tackle bullying in schools, calling on school proprietors nationwide to eradicate such behavior, whether perpetrated by teachers or students. 

“I'm sure many of you have seen the video circulating about our girls taken to Ghana. Action will commence on Monday morning to address this issue,” she stated. “Nigeria must be better. We cannot allow what happened in Niger State to be repeated elsewhere. This directive is just the beginning.”

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The Chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, provided further details on the rescue operation. The teenage girls were reportedly lured from Nigeria to Ghana by a trafficker who has since been arrested by local authorities. The rescue was conducted by the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), a key association for Nigerians living in Ghana.

A viral video of the rescue shows a NIDO official explaining the dire situation of the girls. “We just rescued these innocent Nigerian children from a trafficker. They were brought here to engage in activities they never wished to do. They were helpless and forced into prostitution, with their captor collecting money from them,” the official stated.

This new policy and the recent rescue highlight the Nigerian government’s intensified efforts to combat human trafficking and protect vulnerable populations from exploitation.


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