27 Stranded Nigerian Ladies Return From Lebanon
The Federal Government has announced the return of 27 Nigerian girls stranded in Lebanon back to Nigeria.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced their return on Monday in a statement issued to newsmen in Abuja and signed by spokesperson of the Ministry, Ferdinand Nwonye.
The statement said they arrived via a charter flight and were received on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja by Ferdinand Nwonye, Spokesperson of the Ministry on behalf of the Minister.
He said the returnees, who tested negative for COVID-19 before departure, according to the international travel protocol, were allowed to go to their various homes after necessary documentation in order to be reunited with their families.
Many Nigerian women working as domestic workers in Lebanon have recorded different cases of violence over the years in Lebanon.
In May, the Ministry said fifty trafficked Nigerian women were rescued from the country and returned home, and the country’s anti-trafficking agency was expected to interview them about their experiences after their isolation ends.
In April, a Nigerian woman working as a maid in Lebanon was rescued after being put up for sale on Facebook for $1,000 (£807), she was amongst many other who faced inhumane treatment in the Arab country.
But earlier in the year, the Lebanese ambassador to Nigeria, Houssam Diab stated that his country would halt issuing work visa to Nigerians to address rights abuses and violations.
The UN says 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.
Amnesty International reports that Lebanon is home to over 250,000 migrant domestic workers (MDWs), who come from African and Asian countries and work in private households and the vast majority of these workers are women.