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Dozens of trafficked Nigerian women rescued from Lebanon

About fifty trafficked women from Nigeria have been rescued from Lebanon and returned home, according to Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama.

The women, many in their twenties, have all been placed in quarantine following their arrival on Sunday as a precaution against coronavirus, media outlets, including the BBC, have reported.

It is expected that NAPTIP, the country’s anti-trafficking agency, will interview them about their experiences after their isolation ends.

Last month, a Nigerian woman working as a maid in Lebanon was rescued after being put up for sale on Facebook for 1,000 US Dollars.

The UN has said thousands of women and girls from Nigeria and other African countries are trafficked every year.

They are often lured away with promises of jobs in Europe or Asia, but usually end up being exploited as domestic maids or forced into prostitution.

Last year, an undercover BBC News Arabic investigation in Kuwait found that domestic workers were being illegally bought and sold online in a booming black market.

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