The Kosofe Local Government Chairperson, Mrs. Mosunmola Sofola, who as a result of State function could not attend awareness programme held at the council Hall this morning was ably represented by the Coordinator of Kosofe Child Protection Network ( CPN) , Mr. Rasheed Awofeso.
SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE CHAIRPERSON OF KOSOFE LOCAL GOVERNMENT, MRS MOSUNMOLA SOFOLA ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING ORGANIZED BY CHILD PROTECTION NETWORK ON 30THE JULY, 2019
I esteem it a great honor to be called upon by the organizers of this forum, the Child Protection Network, Kosofe Local government chapter in conjunction with Nigerian Woman Association Verona, to share ideas on the problems of human trafficking.
I hope at the end of this seminal discussion here today, we would be able to proffer enduring preventive measures and further awareness of our people to this hydra-headed social monster.
Nigeria is a source, transit, and destination country for women and children subjected to trafficking in persons including forced labor and forced prostitution. Trafficked Nigerian women and children are recruited from rural areas within the country’s borders – women and girls for involuntary domestic servitude and sexual exploitation, and boys for forced labor in street vending, domestic servitude, mining, and begging.
Nigerian women and children are taken from Nigeria to other West and Central African countries, primarily Gabon, Cameroon, Ghana, Chad, Benin, Togo, Niger, Burkina Faso, and the Gambia, for the same purposes. Children from West African states like Benin, Togo, and Ghana – where Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) rules allow for entry – are also forced to work in Nigeria, and some are subjected to hazardous jobs in Nigeria’s granite mines. Nigerian women and girls are taken to Europe, especially to Italy and Russia, and to the Middle East and North Africa, for forced prostitution.
The 3 most common types of human trafficking are sex trafficking, forced labor, and debt bondage.
Victims of trafficking often experience harsh physical impacts due to excessive work or the use of force by traffickers. In addition, victims may be exposed to serious health risks, such as HIV/AIDS, as well as mental health risks. Anxiety, insecurity, fear, and trauma are all products of trafficking.
I hereby declare this workshop open and wish for a successful deliberation.