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Shame Of Selling Sex In The Family

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Posted: Apr 5, 2016 at 5:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Precious Omogbohu


Human trafficking is a big problem around the world – South America, North America, Asia, and almost the whole of Europe. It happens in most parts of the north, west south and east China, Italy, France, Spain and other Africa countries like Ghana, Benin Republic, Canada, Kenya, Libya, Nigeria and some parts of Ethiopia.

Young women, female adults and especially underage children are usually sold and sexually exploited. Poverty, unemployment and political instability have made the struggle against human trafficking unsuccessful. Researchers reveal that children and underage females are forced into sex slavery because they women and girls are seen as essential commodities instead of human beings.

Over the years, human trafficking has increasingly gone from bad to worse. What was known as human trafficking is no longer what it used to be known as, considering a vacuum created by a crash of human values. In fact, researchers confirm that traffickers take advantage of the poverty and unemployment in many families who also have lost hope in government and religious promises and prophecies. So far, there are no indications that sexual exploitation of the Nigerian female would come to an end.

Human trafficking is very common in Nigeria especially in the Niger Delta, where families volunteer to send their daughters abroad so that they can make a living through prostitution. The major cause of female sexual exploitation is the in-human treatment of women and girls, the socio-economic and political differences and the make-it-or-die mentality. Every Nigerian is interested in being able to meet their daily needs. Therefore, for most people, their definition of being able to live comfortably is for the girl-child to be sold into prostitution as a sex slave.

The number of women and girls who are sex slaves and forced into prostitution are more than those who ordinarily and willfully chose to be sex slaves or prostitutes.  In some parts of the Niger Delta, prostitution is seen as a normal thing, and it’s no big deal for a woman to be a prostitute. That is why in some families, anyone raising eyebrows on a member of the family going abroad to work as a sex slave is viewed and treated as an outcast.

Apart from our people, it is government and government officials who grow and nurture the trafficking in women and girls. Most high-ranking people patronize prostitutes and shower them with money that they have stolen from our common purse. Some ‘well-meaning’ people sponsor the agencies that get these young females from the roads and eventually sell them abroad to be exploited as sex workers. Law enforcement agents, as well, visits hotels, bars and hid-out of these female sex hawkers just to extort money from them and thereafter allow them to continue their work.

Don’t we all know that the many underage girls working in the cold and rain who sell sex in Italy are from our homes and families? Why is it that the highest number of prostitutes in Italy and some parts of Europe are from the Niger Delta region of the country? For some of these young girls who were lured to Italy, they are usually abused and most times work as drug couriers. As a matter of fact, a certain report confirms a worse-case scenario where some of these girls forced into slavery as sex workers are not really sex workers. Some are killed quietly and their organs harvested and sold.

Families where their daughters have either been sold or sponsored abroad to work as sex slaves often fight one another over the proceeds from the sex. It is a very shameful thing. I have seen some of them fight over lands, houses, cars and other material possessions accruing from the sex hawkers. Using this medium, I want to appeal to families to refrain from this shameful act. Our women and girls are special creatures made in the image of God. I am made in the image of God. Nigerian women and especially those from the south-south region are beautiful and wonderfully and fearfully made. It is time for us as daughters and mothers and sisters to say no to female prostitution and human trafficking. We are a lofty people, and we are Nigerian women. We serve a greater purpose than being instruments of sex. It is our duty as women to know and recognize our status as givers of life and not objects of sex.

Omogbohu writes from Benin City