In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 12th, September, 2020

How My Pastor Trafficked Me To Russia For Prostitution

How My Pastor Trafficked Me To Russia For Prostitution

Florence Abu

Florence Abu

When Florence Abu, a hair stylist, left the shores of Nigeria for Russia in 2012, she thought it could be for a great trigger. She launched into the journey overseas not simply to higher her lot however to enhance the fortune of her household, however that was not the case.

Abu, an indigene of Edo state, quickly discovered herself knee deep in modern-day slavery. She had been trafficked out of Nigeria unsuspectingly. On attending to Russia, she had engaged in menial jobs till her handlers informed her that the true purpose she was within the nation was prostitution.

Abu mentioned she was wooed to journey overseas by an assistant “pastor” in her church. She mentioned he claimed that he noticed a “imaginative and prescient” of her prospering overseas. Based on a 2016 UNESCO report, poverty is the explanation ladies and kids are weak to being trafficked. One other report by the World Slavery Index ranked Nigeria 32 out of 167 nations the place individuals are trafficked from.

For assurance that she wouldn’t abscond on attending to Russia, the hair stylist mentioned she was requested to present her pubic hairs and finger nails to her pastor’s  mom. Abu mentioned she was additionally informed to pay $46,000 to be free once more or be killed.

“I to start with refused the supply however he now informed me that I don’t have a alternative as a result of God confirmed him in a revelation that my future shouldn’t be within the nation, that my future is outdoors the nation and for me to attain that goal, I want to go away the nation so I can earn higher cash and likewise assist my household and take them away from poverty and for me to even have a greater keep,”
the hair stylist mentioned.

“When he mentioned that, I used to be like okay however I don’t have the cash to go away, how am I going to go away, and he mentioned that not the issue, and that they’re those which might be going to repair the payments to go away. The one factor they are going to request from me is for me to go and search for cash to do my worldwide passport, that if I can do my worldwide passport, then the remainder of the issues they’re doing is on them.


Abu mentioned when she acquired to Russia, she was uncovered to prostitution. She mentioned generally she was pressured to be on name with completely different “shoppers” for greater than 24 hours.

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The stylist mentioned when she complained to her handler of how harmful a number of the shoppers have been, the “madam” didn’t care and solely requested the proceeds of her prostitution.

“I’m going out with males, at instances for every week; generally, I’ve unhealthy shoppers. Some carry weapons, some chase me out of their home bare. In broad day gentle, I’ll run for my life with out carrying something,”
she mentioned.

“I even went out in the future and so they threw me from a three-storey constructing. I broke my hand, I used to be at residence for 2 months and my madam mentioned she wouldn’t be the one feeding me.”

Abu was repatriated again to Nigeria after she got here down with a mysterious sickness.


Having returned to the nation in 2017 after spending 5 years in Russia, Abu has been working exhausting to re-establish her hair styling enterprise and collaborating with completely different teams to create enlightenment in opposition to trafficking and unlawful migration.

“I spent 5 years in Russia, I’ve been right here now since February 2017,”
she mentioned.

“What I’ve been doing, I’m a hair stylist however I don’t have a stall now, I’m planning to have one which is I’m on the lookout for help in order that I can be capable to arrange my enterprise.

“I by no means mentioned as a result of I’m afraid of them even with the risk and every little thing I mentioned I can’t allow them to go as a result of I do know what I suffered again there in Russia and this individual informed me that my life is in her palms so I let her know that God that introduced me right here, he didn’t simply deliver me right here for a objective and I can’t see different ladies additionally losing their lives.”

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Solomon Okoduwa, nationwide coordinator, Initiative for Youth Consciousness on Migration, Immigration, Improvement and Reintegration (IYAMIDR), mentioned a few of these concerned within the trafficking of Abu are being prosecuted.

“The case continues to be ongoing, the trafficker, the mom, the pastor, all of the culprits concerned have been arrested, and they’re presently going through the costs filed by the federal authorities by way of the NAPTIP workplace, that’s what’s going on proper now,”
he mentioned.

“Florence could be very wholesome although not economically wholesome so we pray that by way of this interview, people who hear her ordeal, hear her converse, see her braveness, see her dedication to see that sure these persons are dropped at guide can even come to help her.”


Julie Okah-Donli, director-general of the Nationwide Company for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Individuals (NAPTIP), mentioned poverty, ignorance, illiteracy and deceit are components aiding the trafficking of individuals overseas.

“Initially it’s ignorance after which deceit after which off track illiteracy performs a serious position I imply as a result of when any individual tells you that you will be given a great job overseas, you don’t have a piece visa, a piece allow, you don’t have a keep, how are you going to outlive in a spot like that and that’s why due to their vulnerability by advantage of their standing, they’re simply trafficked,”
the director-general mentioned.

“So these are the main components, I’m not ruling out poverty within the sense that they method the mother and father and inform them, okay we’re going to take your daughter someplace to work, you already know she’s going to have a greater life and ship you cash and all of that however belief me 80 p.c is ignorance, illiteracy and deceit.”

Okah-Donli mentioned over 16,000 victims have been rescued from human traffickers.

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Ibizugbe is a 2020 CivicHive Media fellow.


Supply: TheCable

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