Lebanese authorities have questioned Wael Jerro for his Facebook post advertising sale of a Nigerian lady.
Jerro in a Facebook post tagged Facebook marketplace – Buy & Sell In Lebanon (Original) الأصلي – with a Nigerian international passport belonging to one Peace Ufuoma, born on May 19, 1988.
According to reports, the passport was issued in Ibadan May 23, 2018, and will expire on May 22, 2023.
The suspected trafficker wrote on Facebook, “Domestic worker from Nigeria for sale with new legal documents. She’s 30 years old, she’s very active and very clean. Price: $1,000.”
The Arabic post was translated into English by Renee Abisaad, who first shared the news on her Instagram page.
THE DAILY VENDOR learnt that the Lebanese immigration is investigating Jerro already. But he told the authorities that it was his four-year-old daughter that made the post and not him.
It is however unclear how the 4-year-old daughter accessed the father’s Facebook page to make a post with corresponding images.
It was learnt that since the beginning of 2020, at least four Nigerian women have been rescued from forced labour in Lebanon. And all of them were deceived with empty promises of good employment.
Dame Julie Okah-Donli who is the Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons revealed on Tuesday that NAPTIP investigators were already working on the case.
The chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa on Tuesday said that a “manhunt is on for the man and all-out search for the young girl.”
Dabiri-Erewa said the Nigerian mission in Lebanon has reported to the host authorities.
She said the latest case is an indication that there is a need for a renewed fight against traffickers in the country.
She added that unless they are being adequately punished, trafficking would not cease in Nigeria.
Abike’s sentiment aligns with many contributors’ view on the issue. Many believe that there is a cartel working out of Nigeria that is responsible for the recruitment and trafficking.