Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Houssam Diab has debunked the claim that most Nigerian girls in Lebanon were trafficked into the country.
Diab made the statement while on a visit to the Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama in Abuja.
“As of May 1, the Lebanese government has stopped issuing visas for domestic workers coming from Nigeria. This will definitely stop any new cases from arising; they will not be able to get into Lebanon, the specificity for the issue at Lebanon is that all these girls are entering into Lebanon legally.
“There is no human trafficking illegally into Lebanon.
“About 90 per cent of the agencies involved in it are Nigerian agencies and they apply through Lebanese agencies in Lebanon through the security general to acquire work visas and work permits for the ladies.
“This is how it is; so by stopping the issuing of the visas, we would have stopped new cases from arising.”
Diab further disclosed that the Lebanese government and the Nigerian government has successfully evacuated 500 Nigerian ladies from Lebanon with 200 more to be evacuated soonest. The Ambassador added that there are about 5,000 Nigerians living in Lebanon, and majority of them are gainfully employed.