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TRAFFICKING: FG VOWS TO STOP “MODERN SLAVERY” — AREGBESOLA

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has pledged to do everything in its power to stop criminal groups from trafficking young vulnerable Nigerians to Europe for sex slavery and other illegal activities.

Despite this, the British government and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have committed to continue to support Nigeria in its fight against the threat.

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Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of the Interior, stated this at a commemoration event conducted at the British High Commission to mark the 2021 International Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

Mr Shuaib Belgore, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, represented Aregbesola, who described human trafficking as “modern-day slavery” that the government will work to eradicate.

He praised the British government and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for their assistance and engagement in this area over the years.

“Today is International Day Against Trafficking in Persons, and we value the deep historical and cultural ties, as well as familiar ties, that the UK and Nigeria share, as well as the collaboration we have in various domains, including the fight against trafficking in persons.

The theme for the 2021 Commemoration, according to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), is “Victims’ Voices Lead the Way,” a phrase coined to emphasize the relevance of victims’ experiences in the fight against human trafficking.

Ms Catriona Laing, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, said that giving victims a voice can assist prevent others from going through what they have gone through.

Nothing, she continued, compares to the experiences of victims and survivors of human trafficking.

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