In a bid to discourage Nigerian girls from working as prostitutes abroad, the Benin traditional ruler, Oba Erediauwa, has urged the Swedish government and other industrialized nations to help rebuild Nigeria’s economy so there will be more job opportunities for the youth.
The Benin monarch said this would reduce the number of desperate young women used as sex slaves across the globe. Hundreds of Nigerians, including a large number of young girls had, in recent times, been deported from European countries for several offenses, especially prostitution and human trafficking.
The oba made the appeal yesterday when he received the Deputy Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria, Svante Edquist in his palace in Benin City.
He also wondered how people engaged in trafficking and international prostitution are able to obtain visas and other travelling documents. He told the envoy that prostitution was alien to the Benin culture and it was time for western countries to do something to stop the ugly trend.