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Abike's Story - Trafficked from Nigeria to the UK

Meet Abike... At age 23 Abike became a victim of sex trafficking.

Abike was living in Nigeria with her two young children. Because her husband was working in Austria, and her nearest relatives had passed away, Abike was taken in by her Husband’s family. Sadly, his family attacked her and threw her out of their home. Abike was alone and separated from her children.

While working as a waitress, Abike was approached by a trafficker, who promised her a new life as a nanny in the UK. On arrival in London, her passport was confiscated and she was forced into sexual slavery.

Abike escaped her captor and attempted to return to her husband in Austria. However she was detained for use of counterfeit identification. After a retrial she was released as a victim of trafficking. Abike has since been reunited with her children, but struggles with the memory of her past experiences.

This comic was kindly commissioned by The Guardian and facilitated by The Poppy Project.

Discussion Points

  1. What are your initial reflections on Abike’s story?

  2. How does her story differ from the stories you hear in the media? Did you know that an estimated 45.8 million people end up in some form of human slavery worldwide? (Global Slavery Index 2016)

  3. How and why was Abike displaced? How did she become a victim of human trafficking?

  4. How has Abike adapted to what has happened to her? How do you think she feels?

  5. What would you have done in her situation?

  6. How should human trafficking survivors and asylum seekers such as Abike be integrated into our society?

  7. What are her options now that she has arrived in London?

  8. How did the authorities treat Abike? Did you know that there are an estimated 11 million victims of human trafficking in the UK alone?

  9. How does the media report these issues in different contexts?

  10. Is it always easy to spot when a news article is biased?

  11. How are you different, and similar to Abike?






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