All proceeds from this campaign will go to (1) Sex trafficking awareness campaign (2) Awareness campaign of the kidnapping, torture, killings & selling of humans, happening on their travel path (3) Rehabilitation efforts for the survivors of slavery who return home to Benin City. This $85K will fund this project to fight sex slavery for 2 years.
Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria - poverty and poor job prospects lead many families to place false hope in promises for jobs in Europe, unaware that these are lies to trap unsuspecting teenagers into sex slavery. Exploitation is often by those least expected - traffickers and their enablers are often fellow church Congregationalists, distant family members, and neighbors. Victims are sent wherever the madam/trafficker resides. Enroute to Europe, children cross Nigerian borders, endure the Sahara desert, and then crowd into dangerous and illegal rafts in the Mediterranean Sea. The danger is extreme. According to CNN, November 2017 saw the bodies of 26 Nigerian women recovered from the Mediterranean in a single day.
As traffickers move children north through Africa, they make stops in Libya, where the children are captured against their will, imprisoned, and kept in private cells where they are sold. Captors regularly share video records of themselves torturing and murdering these children, using it as a scare tactic to encourage other families to send ransom money. The few victims who make it to Europe are told they owe debts to their traffickers upwards of $45,000 USD and need to work as prostitutes for many years to pay for their freedom.
An awareness campaign is crucial to protecting Nigerian youth from sex slavery & senseless deaths.
(1) Your donation will help us reach those most at risk for sex slavery. Traffickers persuade both rural villagers and city residents, so it is important to educate as many people as we can within Edo State.
(2) Your donation will help us embark on an aggressive awareness campaign in all 18 local government area of Edo state through all of the local media outlets.
(3) Your donation will help in rehabilitation efforts for survivors who return back to Benin from forced prostitution, torture and slavery. We will employ two psychologists and a nurse to tend to victims' mental and sexual health.
The founder: Nadia, born and raised in Benin City, Edo state, Nigeria and lives in Boston, Massachusetts, USA with her family. She is currently in school in Boston, MA, studying to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and will be managing all funds raised.
The cover images from the internet & videos are from cnn.com
This campaign is part of the 2018 Clinton Global Initiative University Commitments Challenge.
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