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Osamudiamen Queen running stitches on a fabric in her shop Osamudiamen Queen running stitches on a fabric in her shop Emmanuel Nnacho, Benin, Edo State
I wanted to further my education but ended up as a victim of human trafficking and a deportee. My story will interest young people.

I am OSAMUDIAMEN QUEEN, 33 years of age, from Ovia South-West LGA of Edo state. l finished secondary school in 2004 but could not further my education due to the loss of my parents: my father first in 2006 followed by my mother in 2012. Afterward, life became very difficult for me as I faced many temptations.   

I got deceived by an acquaintance into traveling to Malaysia under the guise of furthering my education. I never knew that I was on my way to being a victim of human trafficking. In Malaysia, I faced several difficulties peculiar to illegal immigrants: first, my documents expired within 6 months which made me operate in hiding; second, I could not communicate and had to spend a whole year trying to learn the local language.Osamudiamen Queen running stitches on a fabric in her shop

Added to the above, I was under pressure from my traffickers to pay them their fees. This forced me to work as a “sex worker”.  I became pregnant in the process and had my daughter in Malaysia. To worsen the situation, in 2017, the local police got me arrested and handed over to the Malaysian Immigration Authorities who eventually deported me back to Nigeria with my daughter.

Upon my return, I decided to learn tailoring (fashion designing). I however lacked the capital for establishing a business until August 2020 when a friend introduced me to the Caritas Nigeria reintegration program for returnees. I got enrolled and used the opportunity to further improve my skills through a 3-month training exercise. On completion, I was empowered with a generator set, an industrial sewing machine, a pressing iron, and shop space rental for 6 months.

The program also introduced me to several counseling sessions which helped me focus better on making the most of my life.  Today I have my own business, I am happily married, and blessed with 2 kids.

My business is thriving very well. I sell bedsheets, fabrics, and female clothing in addition to sewing. I am now able to cater to my family. I make a net average of N30, 000 (€67) monthly as profit. I also save N400 daily (about a euro) and this has enabled me to procure a manual sewing machine and an extra dummy.  My customer base has increased from 5 to 20 persons. I also have an apprentice on tutelage for the next 6 months.

Caritas Nigeria has visited me several times since after the training and empowerment and we have remained in touch always. They offer me constant psychological support which has kept me focused in life.

I cannot thank Caritas Nigeria and GIZ enough for granting succor to me at a time when all hope seemed lost.  

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