All they want is freedom


Damilola Amolegbe

MANY OF us are not aware of the extent of human trafficking that goes on in Nigeria.

It isn’t exactly the kind of news that the popular media outlets here emphasise – it isn’t politicians laundering money, top CEOs embezzling the rest, or even the latest “bigz boys or girls gossip”.

When you hear about it, it is once in that blue moon. Instead, if you ever hear about it, it’s once in a blue moon! Aren’t we still raining praises on Isoken Aikpitanyi who, in 2003, made the brave move to leave Italy after she had been trafficked to ‘work the streets’? Isoken (who was nominated this year for The Future Awards) was humiliated, raped, beaten, and nearly stabbed to death – this much is true.

But since her story, how many others has the media told? Trafficking is still rampant in Nigeria, even in an urban city like Lagos. Why are we not taking it more seriously?

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