Join Esther to help end human trafficking in Nigeria
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"I lost my dad when I was eight years old and then everything became tougher for my mum, my siblings and me," says Esther*. She was 16 when she travelled to Abuja for work, not knowing her journey would end in abuse and exploitation.
"I came to Abuja with two girls. A woman picked us up and we went to a hotel. I had to start sleeping with men – all kinds of men. She said if I didn't, I'd have to pay her all the money back [for the journey].
"I didn't want my life to be that, I was forced into it."
Every day, girls like Esther in crisis-hit areas of Nigeria are being trafficked and exploited. Sold, deceived and coerced, they're being forced into prostitution, child labour, domestic servitude and child marriage.
Brave young women like Esther have joined with Plan International to call on Nigerian federal government departments and state governments to come together and commit to resource a public awareness campaign that reaches remote communities, to ensure every girl and their families know the risks of trafficking and exploitation.
Esther and young women like her are asking people around the world to join them. Will you add your name and stand right by their side to end human trafficking?