Over 27 millions of women, girls, men, and boys are currently victims of human trafficking globally. They are bought and sold into prostitution, labour exploitation and child pornography. For years, human trafficking has continued to thrive in shadow and in the silence. The least anyone can do is to speak out against human trafficking.
Hence, Devatop Centre for Africa Development and Infinity Foundation in partnership with National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Words Worth, Walk Against Rape, etc., organized the Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy Training to boost the fight against human trafficking by equipping participants who will organize strategic actions against this evil. Participants which included educators, youth, journalists, media professionals, and civil society organizations are expected to carry out anti-human trafficking advocacy in Lagos State and beyond.
According to Joseph Osuigwe, Director, Devatop Centre for Africa Development, human trafficking can occur anywhere, in any community, family, and to anybody. Hence, everyone needs to take part in combating human trafficking. He pointed out that it is everyone’s responsibility to combat human trafficking, and if we don’t do something now, something worst will happen, and more people will fall victims to human traffickers.
Bar. Emeka Ugwonye, a human right activist, advised the participants to see human trafficking as a threat to family, youth development, and economic advancement. He noted that everyone, irrespective of their family background needs to take part in preventing this scourge.
Kolawole Olufunke, who represented the Zonal Commander of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, reiterated the commitment of her agency in collaborating with anybody or organization to bring this menace to an end.
Nigeria is a source, destination and transit of people trafficked for sexual and labour exploitation. Millions of Nigerians are vulnerable to human trafficking as a result of insurgency, community crisis, poverty, and unemployment.
Joseph Osuigwe Chidiebere
Director, Devatop Centre for Africa Development
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