Anambra indigenes in Malaysia on Thursday raised the alarm that most women and girls from the state in that country were into prostitution and sex trafficking .
They stated this at a press conference in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
Speaking through their leader, Okwunwanne Mmaduka, under the aegis of Anambra State Welfare Association Malaysia , the group said the development had become a “ huge concern , embarrassing and unbearable .”
Mmaduka said the group had planned advocacy visits to stakeholders in the state to let them know the situation .
He said , “ We will meet the Obi of Onitsha , Igwe Alfred Achebe , and other monarchs, Governor Willie Obiano and other stakeholders in the state on how to stop the trend .”
He said the group received over 20 complaints each week on the activities of Anambra sex workers in Malaysia , adding that many of the women had lost their lives in the process .
“ We have rescued most of them and sent them back to Nigeria , while some others have been sent to school in Malaysia by us. The trend is giving us a bad name in that country .
“ ASWAM is disturbed by the increasing cases of Anambra State women and girls in Malaysia falling victims of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation . ”
“ ASWAM is therefore , employing community -based and state -wide campaigns to combat the menace.
“ We are taking the campaigns to families , communities and traditional institutions here in Anambra State .
“ We are raising awareness among our young people , parents, government and the public on the dangers therein .
“ All hands must be on deck in this fight ,” the group said.
Culled from Punch