I Raised N2m From Prostitution To Bail Myself From Trafficker In Libya – Returnee

One of the Libya returnees, Azizat Omoniyi, has recounted her experience and regretted leaving Nigeria at a tender age, abandoning her education and deceiving her father before traveling.

On Wednesday night, 330 Nigerians stranded in Libyan cities of Tripoli and Benghazi, were evacuated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Federal Government.

21-year-old Omoniyi who was part of the returnees disclosed that a friend convicted her to travel to Libya and earn a monthly salary of ₦120,000.

She revealed how she raised two million naira from prostitution to bail herself from trafficker in Libya.

Omoniyi said: “I will never advise anyone to think of travelling out of this country aimlessly.

“We don’t appreciate what we have until it is lost. Anyone thinking of travelling without set and achievable objectives should forget it,

“From my father’s custody, a friend convinced me to meet her in Ibadan where I was introduced to the idea of travelling to Libya where I was told that I could work and receive a monthly salary of ₦120,000.

“I deceived my father that I wanted to establish a business and he gave me ₦800,000, but I used it for the Libyan trip through the desert.

“I became a slave and prostitute in Libya; I am not lying, I raised equivalent of ₦2 million as a prostitute to free myself from my trafficker.

“I want to go back to school. I stopped schooling at SS2 and have learnt my lessons. “The lessons are very, very bitter, I wasted my life.

“I do not know my father’s location. I lost everything that I thought I could bring back home when the police raided our house and threw all of us into prison.

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“We were dispossessed of our savings and property. I lost the phone in which l had my father’s contact.”


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