BENIN CITY, Nigeria, Dec 17 2021 (IPS) – Miriam* hoped for a better life in Europe. Instead, her journey ended in Libya. This story of the sexual abuse she experienced when double-crossed by traffickers. Raped and abused she fell pregnant and gave birth to a son. She has returned to Nigeria. This is her personal story as told to Sam Oluoka.

This is her personal story as told to Sam Oluoka. Miriam, despite her ordeal, tells of the growing love for her child, whom she describes as “a very cool guy”.
(*Not her real name)

This is part of a series of features from across the globe on human trafficking. IPS coverage is supported by the Airways Aviation Group.

The Global Sustainability Network ( GSN ) is pursuing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8 with a special emphasis on Goal 8.7 which “takes immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms”.

GSN originated in the Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders signed on December 2, 2014. Religious leaders of various faiths gathered to work together “to defend the dignity and freedom of the human being against the extreme forms of the globalization of indifference, such as exploitation, forced labour, prostitution, human trafficking”.


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