Global Partnership: Stopping human trafficking from Edo State in Nigeria

Apr 27, 2016, 11:32 AM

Edo State is in southern Nigeria. Statistics show that 94% of Nigerian women trafficked out of the country and exploited in the sex trade come from Edo. This localised problem with far-reaching human consequences has come to the attention of the UK's Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland.

He has travelled to the region to partner with the Catholic Church and local authorities and organisations to help stem the flow of young women onto the streets of Europe's capital cities. He has also met the mothers and fathers of victims. "In Edo State the only message being given is the one coming from the criminals. And that message is 'Let's go to Europe and other parts of the world where you will become wealthy.'"

Commissioner Hyland has a three-fold approach to tackling the problem. Firstly by working with the community - awareness raising. Secondly, reinforcing the rule of law to punish the criminals - working with NAPTIP, Nigeria's National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons, to increase its capacity. Thirdly, to incentivise people to stay by make local business, particularly agri-business, commercially viable so workers can earn a decent wage from their produce. #slavery #trafficking #humanrights #freedom