Human trafficking survivor Bukola Oriola takes her story home

buki-happy-new-year-261x300Metropolitan State student and human trafficking survivor Bukola Oriola experienced a great deal of hardship after arriving in the United States 10 years ago. The Nigerian-born journalist came to Minnesota in 2005 to meet her husband for the first time and ended up a hostage in his Ramsey home, suffering mental and physical abuse for the next two years.

Oriola eventually escaped these abusive circumstances and went on to tell her story in “Imprisoned: The Travails of a Trafficked Victim.” She has also raised awareness through public speaking and is now taking her story back to her native Nigeria in hopes of preventing other immigrant women from becoming victims. Her tour, called “Bringing the Story Back Home,” will take her to several Nigerian colleges, as well as speaking engagements at the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria.

“People need to know that being abroad does not necessarily mean greener pastures,” Oriola said in a recent interview with MinnPost. “It could be a potential trap to human trafficking or domestic abuse.”

Oriola is in her second year at Metropolitan State, where she is pursuing a personalized degree through the College of Individualized Studies. You can follow her travels on her Twitter page, which features live stream videos of her speaking engagements. For more information visit http://bukolaoriola.com.