Nigerian Women Working in Iraq Face Heartbreaking Exploitation – NAPTIP D-G
The Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Prof Fatima Waziri-Azi, has reported that Nigerian women working in Iraq are being exploited in various ways, particularly as domestic workers. According to her statement, many of these women are seeking assistance to return home. NAPTIP is investigating rogue labour recruiters who are reportedly large players in the recruitment of Nigerians to Iraq for domestic servitude. The agency and its partners have raised awareness of well-known destination countries for trafficking, prompting traffickers to shift their attention to Iraq. The Director-General expressed concern about the severe workload imposed on these women, which often leads to deteriorating health and threatens their safety. Nigerian women are also subjected to sexual harassment by members of the households where they work. Waziri-Azi urged Nigerians to be cautious about traveling abroad for better opportunities, as many fall victim to traffickers and deceptive labour recruiters who promise attractive jobs overseas. NAPTIP will continue to collaborate with relevant agencies to ensure the safe return of victims from Iraq.