Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Photos: Nigerian Girl Trafficked To Russia For Prostitution Rescued By NGO

A young Nigerian girl who was tricked out of Nigeria to Russia by a pimp has been rescued by a charity organisation
23-year-old Blessing said she was often tortured anytime she refuses to have intimacy with the Russian clients of her pimp.
Here is a moving story published on FB by Russian photographer Tatiana Egorova.
“I had to leave school as my family is very poor. My father works as a driver, and my mother sells in the market. I put my braiding skills to practice to earn some money, but I still wanted to get an education.
“My best friend told me about an opportunity to study for free in Russia. However, when I arrived, my friend sold me to a Russian woman and her Nigerian companion. They used to beat me and leave me outside without clothes to freeze when I refused to serve clients.
“I even begged my clients to help me, but they did nothing. When my father found out about my sex slavery in Russia, he said I should blame myself for becoming a prostitute,”.
“I’m afraid to come back home as my pimp called my mother and said I owed them a lot of money,”
“You never know what a client would do to you. He could beat, torture, throw you down the stairs or even kill, and you would never see your family again,” the rescued former prostitute added.
Investigations revealed that Blessing and other Nigerian girls practicing prostitution in Russia were tricked into the country by friends, relatives and agents of Nigerian pimps in Russia.
Blessing and three other Nigerian girls who travelled to Russia to either study or work to earn money to support their families back home but forced into prostitution in Russia were part of a photo project of Egorova about victims of human trafficking in Russia.
The girls were rescued by a charity organization who provided them accommodation in a dormitory and paid for their new passports.
The organisation revealed that the majority of Nigerians who unwillingly become prostitutes in Russia don’t understand local language and afraid to go to the police, adding that the only way for them to survive is to submit and do the biddings of their pimps.

Blessing who is now back in Nigeria has been referred to an NGO in Abuja to help her secure a job.

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