The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has raised the alarm on the plight of Nigerian young women working as domestic workers in Iraq.
Director-General of NAPTIP, Professor Fatima Waziri-Azi, disclosed the Agency is currently investigating several rogue labour recruiters who have been reported to be big players in the massive recruitment of Nigerians to Iraq for domestic servitude.
She alleged that most of the Nigerian young women working there are exploited in diverse ways on daily basis and now requesting assistance to return home.
Waziri–Azi, made this known at the Agency’s headquarters, Abuja, while speaking on new destinations for human trafficking across the Globe.
She said, “Because of the proactive activities and collaborative efforts of NAPTIP and its partners in raising awareness around issues of human trafficking to some of the known destination countries, traffickers have now shifted attention to Iraq.
“We are inundated with pleas for rescue and repatriation from female victims trafficked to Iraq, especially to the cities of Baghdad and Basra where they are distributed to various homes by their recruitment agents to a hard life of domestic servitude.
According to her, the available information shows that many of these victims have been admitted to hospital many times due to long work hours under harsh conditions they are forced to undergo. Most of them have complained of deteriorating health resulting from the weight of work.
NAPTIP DG added the women are constantly under threat of being harmed either by their direct employers or the Iraqi agents, each time they complained of unbearable workload.