No less than 100 students of Idogbo Secondary School, Benin, have been trafficked to Libya in less than 4 months. This was revealed in Benin on Sunday amid a backing program by the Senior Special Assistant to Gov Godwin Obaseki on Human trafficking and illegal migration, Mr Solomon Okoduwa.
Okoduwa said this reality was unveiled to him by a few teachers in the school, worried about how the establishment has turned into the gathering ground for traffickers.
Okoduwa said government won’t enable the insidiousness to keep on thriving in the state. Government will step up its campaign against trafficking, he said, and the state Task Force Against Human Trafficking will be on the trail of the human traffickers. He warned the students to be wary of the antics of the traffickers who are bent on deceiving them into embarking on the dangerous journey.
“Henceforth, report anyone who tells you to travel to Europe. They are simply taking you through Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea and you may eventually end up in Libya.
“The number of students that have been trafficked from your school in this short period is overwhelming. “The truth is that many of them might have been imprisoned there or facing one challenge or the other.
“Taking the route of Sahara Desert and other illegal routes is hellish. “Many died of hunger, many were drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in search of greener pastures.
“Worst still, the families of those people that died on their journey were made to pay for the travel expenses, when unknown to them their loved ones have gone to the great beyond.
“If anyone tells you to travel abroad through Libya, tell him or her capital ‘NO’. If you must travel for any reason, travel the right way.”
NAN reports that the state government had received no fewer than 3,400 Libya returnees within the last six months.
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