Connect with us


Retired US Soccer Player, Joanna Lohman, Inspires Girls Using Football as a Tool Against Sex Trafficking

Retired Washington Spirit midfielder player Joanna Lohman shared her experience in Nigeria which she came to teach soccer skills to local girls as an empowerment and team-building tool against sex trafficking.

The trip was organized by Sports United, a United States State Department initiative which the US Soccer sends former US Women National Team members to foreign countries for players to use soccer as part of a larger educational framework addressing serious regional problems.

The programme was held in Lagos and Benin City also had former Super Falcons Goalkeeper, Precious Dede, was aimed at educating girls about human trafficking and giving them hope through football.

The estactic ex-midfielder shared her experience meeting with the Oba of Benin at his Palace as “a once in a lifetime experience that no words can properly describe.”

The girls were encouraged and also had a victim of sex trafficking talking to them about her experience and on the final day dribbling competition, the home school – Iyoba College won the gold medal.

READ  CONVID19: National Sports Festival Postponed

After learning about football and its benefits, the students taught their coaches a few steps.

This is the 37 year old fourth African trip with Sports United as she had previously traveled to Botswana and Niger to empower young girls, and Ivory Coast helping young boys and girls learn concepts of reconciliation and working together following the country’s recent civil war.

Nigeria and Edo in particular are a major source of sex trafficking victims in Europe, according to an August 2019 Human Rights Watch report. Young girls are lured with promises of education, professional training and good-paying “house jobs” abroad, made to take dangerous journeys to Libya or Europe and then forced into sex work under the pretense of paying off thousands in “debt” for travelling costs.

These girls are subsequently pimped out, raped, impregnated, forced to get abortions in unsanitary conditions without pain medication or antibiotics, and are sometimes made to marry their abusers.

READ  Nigerian Forward, Odey, Dedicates Debut Champions League Goal to Mum

Total Page Visits: 136 - Today Page Visits: 1
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


French Doctor Commits Suicide After Contracting COVID-19

French Doctor, Bernard Gonzalez has committed suicide after contracting the deadly virus COVID-19.

Gonzalez was appointed on April 5, 2020 as the club doctor of Stade de Reims.

The club in a statement stated:

It is with immense sadness that we report the death of Stade de Reims doctor Bernard Gonzalez at the age of 60, who committed suicide after contracting COVID-19, according to Le Parisien.

Total Page Visits: 136 - Today Page Visits: 1
READ  Adesanya the Stylebender now UFC Middleweight King (Videos)
Continue Reading


Player Wakes from Coma After 2 Years

After 2 years, 8 months and 19 days, Abdelhak Nouri has woken from a coma.

The confirmed that the former-Ajax midfielder has regained consciousness as he can now eat and sit in a wheelchair.

His brother told the Dutch press: “He is no longer in a coma. He’s awake. He sneezes, he eats and gives us signals with his eyebrows. But he doesn’t get out of bed. He is very dependent on us.”

The 22 year old midfielder collapsed in a match vs Werder Bremen on July 8th 2017.

Total Page Visits: 136 - Today Page Visits: 1
READ  Nigeria Approve Refund for Overpaid Money to IAAF 2 Years After
Continue Reading