By Rose Audu
As part of effort to curb activities of human traffickers and smuggling of migrants in and out of the country, CLEEN Foundation on Friday screened a documentary to keep Nigerians abreast with activities of human trafficking and illegal migration and called for a collective effort at ending the rising scourge in the country.
Speaking exclusively with TOS NEWS during the screening of the documentary, the Project Manager, Fikih Obaro, said the programme is targeted at creating awareness on the danger of human trafficking and make Nigerians understand that the act of human trafficking is evil, adding that once adequate awareness is created, the menace human trafficking poses will be drastically mitigated.
Similarly, the foundation’s Program and Research Officer, Olaniyi Oluwa-Mayowa said the documentary screening is also aimed at getting people to see the inherent danger in the activities of human trafficking and illegal migration and to inculcate a positive mindset in young Nigerians that will spur them to aim greatness and attain such in the country and discourage them from engaging in illegal migration.
According to Mayowa , the project, which is supported by the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the United Nations Women, seeks to strengthen Nigeria’s capacity to prevent, investigate and prosecute cases of Trafficking in Persons and as well support the country in combating activities of migrants smuggling networks and the threat they pose.
The 2021 World Day against Human Trafficking has as its theme: ‘Victim’s Voices Lead the Way’.
On her part, the Public Safety and Security Officer of CLEEN foundation, Chigozirim Okoro said the 2021 theme speaks volume as it points out various acts of exploitation on victims.
“it is so devastating that the victims are usually physically, psychologically and emotionally traumatised and are often socially excluded, adding that, sharing their experiences and elevating their voices would go a long way to prevent many from falling prey,” she said.
Okoro said “The victims are the vulnerable, the ignorant, the gullible, the desirous men, women, youths and children, among us, who are tricked into slavery as either commercial sex workers, beggars, labourers, domestic workers or drug peddlers. They are tricked by criminal elements masquerading as helpers of destinies.”
Despite efforts by private, public organisations and well-meaning Nigerians to fight the act of human trafficking and end illegal migration from the country to other countries, Nigeria continues to be a country of origin, transit and destination for victims of human trafficking, and one of the countries with highest number of detected human trafficking victims.