July 30th has been set aside yearly to create awareness on human trafficking and efforts being taken to reduce this menace.
Human trafficking occurs when someone is been lured into believing that they are been taken to another town, city, or nation with the aim of been provided better means of livelihood, but who end up being used for other purposes such as child labor, slavery, prostitution etc.
Within our nation child labor is an issue. A situation where someone brings in a child to live with them and take care of home chores, but deprive the child of basic care and necessities of life such as food, education, recreation, clothing and security. The child is subjected to very sharp labor practices, to the extent that most of these kids are been molested in the society.
Also, youths are been trafficked to other nations under the pretense that they will land a better living conditions, but end up been trapped into slavery.
Female victims are not left out as most of them end up been forced into prostitution and given all sort of inhuman treatment. The stories of deportees from various parts of Europe and north Africa are still fresh in our memories.
The National agency for prohibition of trafficking in person (NAPTIP) is fully committed to the prevention of all forms of human degradation and exploitation through the coordinated use of the Nation’s crime prevention and law enforcement resources; to stamp out human trafficking and to liberate and uplift the Vulnerable, especially women and children, from dehumanizing and exploitative employment and usage; and to ensure their rehabilitation and effective reintegration into society. https://www.naptip.gov.ng/?p=414
Human trafficking is not only a serious violation of our human rights, but is a threat to human dignity. Around 20% of all victims are children, and a combined 71% of victims comprising of both women and children making this situation even more dangerous. We all need to raise our voice to stop this and create a safer world for ourselves. #saynotohumantrafficking.