A Nigerian woman has been arrested while attempting to traffic underaged girls to Libya, Nigerian police said in a statement on Tuesday.
The 35-year-old woman was arrested after the mothers of the missing girls reported them to the police station.
“The complainants explained that the suspect, who is a notorious human trafficker, was about to take the two girls to Libya, where they would be forced into prostitution,” the statement noted.
The suspect confessed to being a human trafficker and that she had been in the business for some time. She added that her husband is based in Italy, while she stays in Nigeria to recruit young girls and send them through Libya.
Human trafficking has spread significantly in Libya, after the chaos following the 2011 civil war.