Josephine Diete-Spiff, who is the queen of Brass Kingdom and also the wife of the Chairman of the Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Council, King Alfred Diette-Spiff, on Friday spoke of how she escaped being trafficked to Europe to be used for sex slavery.
Josephine Diete-Spiff also spoke of how she resorted to doing menial jobs at dumpsite as she turned down an offer from a friend to travel out to Italy for prostitution.
Read her words below.
“I had to carry blocks, cement and sand at a dumpsite to train myself in school.
“There is no justification for any girl child to go into drugs or travel to Europe for prostitution when they have the opportunity to be educated and achieve greatness through self-determination.
“I am very interested in this programme because it is a reflection of me. I grow up in Benin City where prostitution was very rampant in my days and I was almost drafted to be one of them but I said no.
“As a woman, you can do anything that will get you to where you are outside prostitution, outside drugs or traveling to abroad to go and get molested and treated as less human. I have a lot of friends then who went abroad (Italy). Today, they beg me for stipends.
“If people will learn how to read, you will be more advanced and you will be able to survive because life itself is full of troubles. So, there is no way you are going to escape it.
“That is why I am interested in the girl-child to let them know I wasn’t waiting for the boy, I wasn’t waiting for government to give me money, I worked it out by myself.”
“Today, I am proud to know that I am a woman who God used to be who I am today because I gave God the opportunity.
“As a young woman even if you have made a mistake, don’t let your mistake stop you. Don’t let the circumstances you find yourself determine your future. Create one for yourself”.