AFJN chose Akwa Ibom State because the young women in the State are vulnerable to trafficking. The girls who live in the State are well known for their house skills and are well trained to become domestic servants. Tragically, they are frequently unable to distinguish between the networks of traffickers and those coming to Akwa Ibom with honest intentions to offer them positions as domestic servants. In describing the root causes of trafficking in Akwa Ibom State, Iwenwanne lists poverty, unemployment, the ignorance of poorly educated parents who lack good information, and the ancient tradition of witchcraft where children are branded as witches and left on the streets to fend for themselves. The young girls trafficked range in age from 10 to 17 and are trafficked into prostitution for Lagos and other Nigerian cities. Trafficking is illegal in Nigeria at both the federal and state levels, Unfortunately, trafficking laws are not enforced..
Sister Eucharia Madueke, SNDdeN, a member of the AFJN staff and Coordinator of AFJN’s African Women Project explained that the results of Iwewanne’s research will support the work of AFJN’s African Women’s Project when it begins its work of advocacy against trafficking in Nigeria in July.