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Advocacy: 40 Forced Chinese Teenage Sex Workers Served as “Lunch” for Nigerian Politicians, Business Executives and Expatriates

Ever since I was a child, until now, I somehow seem to attract more males than females as friends. I do have some GREAT and dear female friends but it appears, for whatever reason, I attract more male friends. I recall a period within the past five years when it seemed like many of my Nigerian-American male friends were either moving to Nigeria or exploring the possibility of doing so. During these times, I heard stories that seemed so hard to believe. One such story was that University female students were often served as “lunch” during lunch breaks at this business meetings. It was such a culture shock to my friends and despicable treatment of women, they just had to share.

Unreal right? Well, in 2012, some of these Nigerian politicians, business men and expatriates who engage in this conduct, are done with Nigerian college students for lunch.”They are now demanding forced Chinese teenage sex workers i.e. prostitutes for “lunch.”

I feel such empathy both for the young Chinese girls and the Nigerian girls and women who have to face this reality. I often wonder who the sick bastards are who do these?  I wonder how and what it will take for Nigerians to stand up, challenge the status quo and take their country back. Is the past and current leadership reflective of the people governed?

Now, before non-Africans read this and act holier than thou, right here in the USA, young women are also sold as sex slaves. So, it is not just a “Nigerian” problem. It is a global problem and the statistics are alarming.

Watch Isabel Allende ‘s TED Talk below. I think it captures what I really want to say.

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in Abuja has paraded 13 Chinese nationals  who were arrested for allegedly engaging in prostitution.

NIS spokesman, Joachim Olumba, said the suspects were apprehended in Lagos following a tip off from an informant.

According to Mr Olumba, the immigration service received a report on the activities of some Chinese nationals who connived with some Nigerians to traffic teenage girls into the country under the pretext of offering them jobs in factories.

“Having gathered intelligence information, operatives of the Nigeria Immigration Service swooped on the operational locations of the syndicates at No. 18, 24 and 26B Emena Crescent, Ikeja, Lagos,” he said.

“During the operations a total number of 13 Chinese nationals made up of 11 females and two males were arrested.”

He said preliminary investigation confirmed that most of the women were sponsored into the country by some “criminal human traffickers who are currently at large”.

Olumba however noted that “it is unfortunate that we have not been able to rescue the lady who called us, because she only provided the number of the house where she is being held, without the name of the street. . .” – Channels TV

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