U.S-based NGO highlights Nigeria as human trafficking study

A United States-based NGO, United Way Worldwide has chosen Nigeria as its first African county to understudy human trafficking and other forms of slavery.

Ms. Janet Butler, the Vice President, Africa Region of the NGO said this at a stakeholder’s consultative forum on human trafficking and all forms of slavery in Nigeria.

Butler said since the inception of the organisation 30 years ago, it had been advocating for human development, community development, as well as sensitising the public on the need to be focused and desist from imbibing negative tendencies.

According to her, in 2015, the organisation inaugurated human trafficking and slavery arm and decided to begin the exploitation of the issue in Africa in 2019 to find a lasting solution to it.

“Nigeria is the first country we are exploring in Africa for such issue; we are here to do a landscaping analysis of those who are doing this work, the best practices, and intervention that will work all to get a solution.

“We cannot be in Nigeria and not partner with the premier agency who focuses on trafficking in persons, so that is why we are here with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) which has graciously agreed to hold this meeting.

“United Way Worldwide is an NGO, this is the landscape analysis Phase 1, we hope that we are coming out of this; we are here to identify how the organisation can help to assist in the fight,’’ she stressed.

She added that the issue of trafficking and migration was everywhere in the world, adding that the issue seemed to be growing in the African continent.

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