A 32 years old victim of human trafficking based in Germany has sent a distress call to the Nigerian and German authorities over threats to her life and three children by those she claimed lured her to Italy at the age of 13 for the purpose of prostitution. She said she however succeeded in escaping to the Police in Milano, Italy, and now lives in Germany.
Tina Momo, now married, and a mother of three from Uromi in Esan Northeast local government of Edo State, alleged on Wednesday in a petition to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, through the Anti-Human Trafficking/Smuggling In Persons Unit, Benin Command, that her traffickers, led by one Joy Thomas, and including her brother-in-law, threatened to kill her over her inability to meet her demand in the sum of €70,000.00.
In the petition which copies were sent to Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and the German Government and Embassy, Momo said “I’m Miss Tina Momo. I am from Uromi in Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State. I’m 32 years of age. I’m married with three children. We are based in Germany. My sister, Elizabeth Aoba, and her husband, introduced me to Joy Thomas who took me to a native doctor in Benin City to swear an oath of secrecy in 2007. At that time, I was just 13 years of age. I was told that I will be taking care of their baby in Europe. They took me to London, en route Italy.
“Getting to Milano in Italy, I was told by Madam Joy Thomas that I have to prepare for prostitution to pay her the sum of €70,000.00 (Seventy thousand Euro). I was scared and secretly ran to meet the Italian police who later rescued me, and took me to the refugee camp.
“On April 18, 2022, my sister, Elizabeth’s husband, who took me to Joy Thomas, is now after my life in Germany. He said I should pay him the sum of ₦10m, and €30,000 to his mother and his son (name withheld). He is threatening to kill me and my children if I refuse to pay the money. He has also forwarded my picture and that of my children to Madam Joy Thomas. Please save our soul. We are no longer safe in the hand of this deadly and wicked madam and her network of traffickers. These people are currently in possession of my pubic hair, finger nails, and my undies (pant).”
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