“These men were trying to save their lives and make their country better by preventing the spread of HIV,” Alimi told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Britain, having moved from Nigeria after facing death threats for coming out as gay. Yet the anti-gay law has hindered civil society groups which work with LGBT people in Nigeria, and deterred the community from seeking and sticking with HIV prevention, treatment and support services, rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) says. so soon after the arrests at the wedding in Zaria,” added Alimi, director of the Bisi Alimi Foundation, which promotes social acceptance of LGBT Nigerians.Nigeria has the highest HIV rate in West and Central Africa - with around one in 30 or 3.5 million people infected with the virus - according to data from the U. Fifty-four people went on trial in Zaria in northern Nigeria in May on charges connected to allegations that they were celebrating a gay wedding, which are illegal under the 2014 law.Every year tens of thousands of West Africans migrate to Europe in search of a better life.But for some of them that search will end in tragedy, as they fall victim to competing mafia gangs that prey on the hopes of the desperate.
In the first of two special reports, Juliana Ruhfus investigates the plight of African women caught up in a web of organised crime, prostitution and people trafficking.The trial was adjourned, and it is unclear when it will resume.Reporting By Kieran Guilbert and Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Editing by Ros Russell; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience.It was used to bring justice, but they ruined everything," says Isoke with anger."They don't care how they make their money as far as they make it.