Story of 17-year-old Nigerian girl who was tricked into prostitution in Russia then abandoned when she fell sick

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Anti-Trafficking activists were recently honoured
in Washington, D.C. at an event marking the
release of the State Department’s 2016 Trafficking
in Persons report.
The U.S. State Department’s Anti-Trafficking
Heroes came from very different corners of the
world: Nigeria, Cyprus, Pakistan, Russia, Senegal
and they all carry same thing in their pocket or
purse: photos of the victims they had rescued
from human trafficking, stored in their mobile
phones.
Goats and Soda spoke to some of the honorees at
NPR’s headquarters, including a Nigerian activist
Oluremi Kehinde, who each shared a story about
a trafficked victim they have rescued. They ‘ve
been asked not to give the full names of the
trafficking victims to protect their identities.
Oluremi Kehinde works with Africans who have
been trafficked for sex work in Russia. He shared
a photo of an 18-year-old Nigerian girl brought
to Russia with what she thought was a student
visa, then forced into prostitution. ( pictured
showing a photo of the Nigerian teen forced to
work as a prostitute in Russia. She was
hospitalized because of internal injuries) Below is
his story
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“Victims brought for prostitution have their
passports taken away from them. She would have
to work to pay up the $50,000 to $60,000 [to her
captors] before she could earn back her freedom.
This girl only paid $15,000, so she was locked
up in an apartment where she had to serve
customers. Many victims are threatened that if
they run away, their family in Nigeria would have
to pay up — or be harmed.
In the process of working as a prostitute, she had
to have anal intercourse with men. Many times, if
the victims refuse, they are humiliated, beaten up,
some are even thrown out a window or killed. So
most victims agree. The girl’s large intestine
became twisted and blocked. She could not go to
the toilet and became weak with a serious
stomachache. She was dying. But the traffickers
didn’t help her.
I found out about this case and I got the police
involved. We got her out of there and into the
hospital for surgery. She was crying, “I don’t
want to die, I don’t want to die.”
Four weeks ago, we returned her to Nigeria and
[we are now] working to arrest the people who
brought her to Russia. She is better now, with
her parents.

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