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Julie Okah-Donli speaking at the Women's Empowerment and Fight Against Trafficking - The Italy-Nigeria partnership. Novemeber 2017. Image via Flickr.

A Nigerian Anti-Human Trafficking Agency Says It's Discovered 20,000 Missing Girls In Mali

They are now working to rescue the girls along with the Nigerian and Malian governments.

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (Naptip), an human rights agency in Nigeria has made a major stride towards the fight against human trafficking, reports BBC Africa.

According to the agency's Director General, Julie Okah-Donli, its fact-finding team uncovered 20,000 kidnapped girls in Mali, adding that the conditions the girls had been living under were "slave like."


"The conditions are horrible; they are kept in shanties in the thick of the forest where they cannot escape and with the "madames" watching over them."

"Many of the girls said that they were deceived," Okah-Donli is quoted as saying in Pulse Nigeria. "[They thought] they were going to Malaysia to work in hotels, restaurants, hairdressing salons and some other jobs." Other girls had been abducted on their way to school.

According to the director, Nigerian forces as well as the Malian government and International Organization for Migration (IOM) are working together to rescue and rehabilitate the girls.

It is uncertain how many girls have gone missing in total as a result of trafficking. Okah-Donli believes that there could be several others in neighboring countries, adding that the team has plans to go to Ghana and Senegal next.

According to a 2018 report from the US Department of State, authorities found that Nigerians had been trafficked in at least 40 countries—often exploited by Nigerian traffickers—around the world, particulary in countries throughout Europe.

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We talk to the dynamic duo of Jennifer and Pablo, who have worked on music videos for Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Odunsi, Santi, and Sauti Sol.

Sitting at the intersection of art and design is the work of multidisciplinary company ANTI. Founded by Pablo & Jennifer, what started as a bond between partners blossomed into a full-blown creative outlet.

ANTI applies their idiosyncratic expression towards projects ranging from graphic design, art direction for ads, music videos, films, paintings and murals. The remarkable nature of their work has put them on a pedestal within the creative nucleus that is Lagos.

The dynamic duo of Jennifer and Pablo have worked on music videos for Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Odunsi, Santi, and Sauti Sol. As well as designed sets for ads of organizations such as Absolut Vodka, Jameson, Nike, Coca-Cola, Nivea and UNICEF. Their approach to videos and art direction is injecting the Lagos creative scene with a much-needed breath of fresh air.

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