Asylum battle for woman trafficked into North West

Mary Adenugba Photo: RAPAR

A Nigerian woman trafficked into the North West for prostitution will begin her fight to stay in the country today.

A vigil will will be held by supporters of Mary Adenugba outside the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal Offices in Manchester. Mary, who has been living in this country since 2004, is appealing against the Home Office decision to refuse her asylum case.

Mary says: “I am terrified that I will be sent back to Nigeria but I know my friends will do as much as they can to help keep me safe.”

Mary Adenugba

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It's understood Mary has no contact withher remaining family in Nigeria after becoming aChristian. RAPAR say if she was forced to return,she would have no access to support or medical services and she is likely to betargeted by traffickers again.

Figures suggest around800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year for sexualexploitation, begging and forced labour. Nigeria has a major problem with human trafficking, both internal andacross international borders, includingEurope. The Poppy Project’s research hasdemonstrated that a large percentage of women who have been trafficked and aresent back to Nigeria end up being trafficked again.