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Russia denies visas for sex workers claims

25 June 2013, 15:10

Abuja - The  Russian Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria has denied it was issuing visas to sex workers in Nigeria to practice the trade in Russia.

Ilya Baranov, Embassy spokesperson said such reports, which have been carried widely in local media, were baseless.

“The Embassy has closely examined recent local media reports regarding Nigerian sex workers in Russia,” Baranov said from Abuja.

“The Embassy is concerned with the information that some Nigerian nationals involved in the sex industry are given visas from the Russian embassy in Abuja. Such opinions should be dismissed as incorrect and groundless.”

Baranov said combating illegal immigration and sex trafficking was one of the key priorities of the Embassy's consular activities in Nigeria

The official added that the two Russian embassy Visa Sections in Abuja and Lagos processed visa applications according to the concrete migration regulations.

He said all Nigerian applicants, excluding government officials and diplomats, were subject to a substantive interview with a consular officer and thorough document checking.

There have been reports of a marked increase of Nigerian sex workers flocking to Russia. Recently, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Russia, Asam Asam, was quoted as confirming that around 200 Nigerian girls were trafficked every month to Russia for prostitution.

- CAJ News


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