The Lebanese Government says it has stopped issuing work visas to Nigerians visiting Lebanon to take up jobs as domestic workers due to the rising incidences of human trafficking.
The Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Houssam Diad, said this in Abuja on Thursday, during a meeting with the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
He said the policy which took effect on May 1, 2020, would address the abuse and violation of rights of workers “as Lebanon takes these issues seriously”.
The ambassador commented on the repatriation, saying, “Sixty-nine out of the 79 Nigerians who suffered one form of abuse or the other in Lebanon were evacuated at the expense of the Lebanese Government and the Lebanese community in Nigeria.
“The remaining 10 are facing judicial issues bordering on alleged theft and attempted murder and that’s why they were not freed or evacuated. Nine are facing theft cases and one is facing attempted murder.”