Burkina Faso - People trafficking.
Writer Billy Briggs and I were in Burkina Faso, West Africa to report on the appalling story of people trafficking for the sex trade. Every year thousands of young girls and women are trafficked from Nigeria through the African hub of Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso. Many are lured by promises of hairdressing, nanny jobs etc. Although they are headed to Europe or USA it is not for the work they are hoping. The lucrative trade in girls is off the scale but efforts to outlaw the practice are thwarted by corruption, witchcraft and threats of violence. We managed to get access to the sex shops though not without some scary moments. We also visited a church where prostitutes former and present attend with pimps past and present. The rescue of Nigerian girls Mercy and Jennifer from Nigeria is an all too rare ray of hope.
Burkino Faso