According to Nigeria’s Ambassador to Russia, at least 200 Nigerian girls trafficking to Russia each month and forced to work in the prostitution industry.
Source: “Nigeria: Monthly 200 Nigerian Girls Are Trafficked to Russia for Prostitution – Envoy,” All Africa, November 21, 2013.
Security officials in the United Kingdom reported that there were a total of 371 children who fell victim to human trafficking in 2012. The number of children officially registered as victims was 50 percent higher than the 234 children identified in 2011.
In 2012, the largest number of children trafficked into the UK was from Vietnam, where 95 children were from. 67 children were from Nigeria and 25 were from China. 20 British girls were also identified.
For adults, there were 786 women identified as human trafficking victims in 2012, an increase of 12 percent from the year before. 400 men were trafficking victims, an increase of nearly a third.
(Prices paid for human trafficking victims.)
Source: Steven Swinford, “Girl smuggled into Britain to have her ‘organs harvested’,” Telegraph, October 18, 2013.
A report by Transparency International found that one in six students around the world had to pay a bribe in order to receive education services.
In addition to the bribes, corrupt actions taken by officials has prevented millions of dollars from reaching schools. In Kenya, funding that could be used to purchase up to 11 million textbooks are lost each year. In Tanzania, over one-third of the funding that was to be used for funding 180 schools is lost to corruption. In Nigeria, $21 Million that was meant for schools was lost to corruption in a span of 2 years.
Source: Sean Coughlan, “Corruption and bribery in the classroom,” BBC News, October 9, 2013.
An estimated 100,000 barrels of oil is being stolen each day from refineries in Nigeria.
The total value of the losses from oil theft in Nigeria is valued at $8 Billion a year. 90 percent of the stolen oil is smuggled onto vessels and shipped to foreign countries.
Previously, the reported amount of losses to oil smuggling in Nigeria was $6 Billion.
Nigeria exports 2 million barrels of oil each day and is the world’s 13th largest producer.
Source: Roberto A. Ferdman, “How to steal 100,000 barrels of oil a day, and get away with it,” Quartz, September 21. 2013.
According to crisis management firm red24, there are over 1,000 cases of kidnapping for ransom that takes place in Nigeria each year.
It was previously reported that the average ransom paid out for the hostages was $50,000 in 2012. The kidnappers in Nigeria usually demand $500,000 as an opening figure.
Source: “Proof of life: Behind the hostage industry,” News.com.au, September 11, 2013.
Over the span of 10 years, thousands of people have been killed due to religious and ethnic violence in the Central Nigerian region known as the Middle Belt.
Contributing to the violence is an estimated 5,000 firearms that were illegally trafficked into the area. Out of those illicit arms, about 3,500 are AK-47s that were produced in France and Ukraine and smuggled to Nigeria. The remaining 1,500 are locally produced firearms.
(Prices of AK-47s and other weapons on the black market.)
Source: Alexis Okeowo, “The Arms-Trade Treaty and the Gun Seller,” New Yorker, September 9, 2013.
Due to oil theft activities, around 30,000 jobs have been lost in Nigeria between 2011 to 2013, according to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN).
The Finance Minister in Nigeria stated that up to 400,000 barrels of oil was being stolen per day in 2012.
Source: Akinola Ajbande, “30,000 lose jobs to oil theft,” The Nation, August 5, 2013.
The Nigerian Copyright Commission reported that counterfeiting and piracy causes losses of over $1 Billion each year in Nigeria.
Source: Chris Ochayi, “Nigeria loses over $1bn annually to piracy – NCC,” Vanguard, July 30, 2013.