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Trafficking Agency Reveals 20,000 Nigerian Girls And Women Have Been Sold To Prostitution Rings In Mali

The girls and women, mainly aged between 16-30, are being approached by human traffickers that claim hopes of legal employment in countries like Malaysia.

Since December 2018, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) gathered information that 20,000 Nigerian girls and women have been taken to Mali to be forced into prostitution rings, CNN reports. The girls and women, mainly aged between 16-30, are being approached by human traffickers that claim hopes of legal employment in countries like Malaysia.

According to the organization's Arinze Osakwe, this is a tactic that's becoming all too common in the country. "The new trend is that they told them they were taking them to Malaysia and they found themselves in Mali," Osakwe said. "They told them they would be working in five-star restaurants where they would be paid $700 per month."

Osakwe also revealed that the organization rescued 104 girls in Mali's capital of Bamako in 2011, "and those were the ones that were even willing to come." Additionally, those that returned home were "between the age of 13 and 25, and they had been trapped in the country for many years." To support their efforts alongside Mali's law enforcement, NAPTIP has partnered with the National Emergency Management Agency and the International Organization for Migration.

Julie Okah-Donli, NAPTIP's director general, said these girls and women might have also been trafficked to countries like Ghana and Ivory Coast, Reuters reports. Okah-Donli also described the physical spaces these women and girls lived in.

"They were reliably informed by the locals that they had over 200 such places scattered around the southern part of Mali," Okah-Donli said. "In each of the shacks where they held them they had 100 to 150 girls in the area." She added that's how the organization arrived at of the figure of 20,000.

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Ty Dolla $ign Releases New Album Feat. Nicki Minaj, Roddy Ricch, Kanye West And More

After a three-year album hiatus, Ty Dolla $ign released his latest studio effort, Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, on Friday (Oct. 23).

The 25-track album features appearances from Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, FKA Twigs, Roddy Ricch, Jhené Aiko, Kehlani, 6lack, Young Thug, Music Soulchild, Skrillex, Quavo, Anderson Paak, Post Malone, Kanye West, and more.

Powered by previously released singles, “Ego Death,” Expensive” and By Yourself,” the new album flexes a different music muscle for the Grammy-nominated recording artists who steered clear of  making club records.

“I was intentionally trying to not make club songs [talking about] hoes and *itches and all the sh*t I used to talk about,” Ty told Vulture in a recent interview. “I was trying to, like, talk about my life, and what it is now, and really do something different with it. I got a daughter going to high school this year, and she’s paying attention, and all her friends are paying attention, so I can’t talk as crazy or do the crazy sh*t that I used to do.”

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Jay Z Launches His Own Cannabis Brand

Jay Z is venturing into the world of cannabis. The  mogul officially announced the launch of his new cannabis brand, Monogram, on Friday (Oct. 23) marking his first product collaboration since becoming chief brand strategists of the Northern California-based dispensary, Caliva, last year.

“Monogram seeks to redefine what cannabis means to consumers today,” the company said in a press release. As many marijuana storefronts have implemented new rules amid the global pandemic, Monogram is also planing to launch an e-commerce sales option, “In an effort to provide a more tailored customer experience.”

Caliva and Hov opened their first Southern California storefront last year. Besides providing quality products, Hov aims to use his position at Caliva to help the formerly incarcerated (many of whom are not reaping the benefits of marijuana legalization) through advocacy, job training, and employee and workforce development.

According to the company website, Monogram uses “expert growers” to ensure that each marijuana flowers receives the “respect it deserves” in every stage of the growth process. Additionally, Monogram flowers are grown in small batches so that every plant gets “personalized attention.”

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Kehlani Plays Bryson Tiller’s Love Interest In “Always Forever” Video

Kehlani stars as Tiller’s love interest in the intimate new music video for “Always Forever,” released on Thursday (Oct. 22).

The stunning visual, directed by Glenn Michael of Toronto’s Kid Studio, is a creative take on how a relationship can become your entire universe. Tyler and Kehlani cuddle up, kiss, and hold hand in the steamy visual, prompting some fans to question the chemistry between the two. They might look pretty cozy, but Kehlani and Tiller are just friends (Tiller welcomed a child with girlfriend Kendra Bailey last year).

 

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🌎🎥💫Thanks Guys. #alwaysforever @kidstudio_ @ichiki @kehlani

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Kehlani shared some close-up stills from the music video on Instagram along with a message thanking Tiller for being a “solid” friend. “To one of my dearest friends…matching tattoos, years worth of stories, nights of dying laughter and holding each other down in the roughest times…I’m so proud of you. Thank you for being solid.”

The post was deleted after fans in the comments continued to speculate if the two were an item. Kehlani shared a follow-up message on her Instagram Story explaining in part, “I post lengthy captions about all my friends. You would have to follow me to know that.”

 

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#Roommates, #Kehlani explains her previous message to #BrysonTiller. (SWIPE for previous post)

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“Always Forever” is the latest single from Tiller’s newly released ANNIVERSARY LP.

Watch the video below.

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