The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) has recounted how a father closed down his daughter’s hair salon shop in reaction to her refusal to be trafficked to Italy for prostitution.
This was narrated by NAPTIP director general, Dr. Fatima Wazir-Azi during a sensitization campaign and community dialogue against human trafficking in Idunmwuniye community, Edo state, in collaboration with the Oba of Benin taskforce on human trafficking.
Bar. Nduka Nwanene, Edo State NAPTIP Benin zonal commander, who represented the NAPTIP Boss said the conference is aimed at finding solutions, creating and implementing action plans to address challenges related to human trafficking and unsafe migration practices prevalent in the communities in the state.
“The father (name withheld) called his daughter that he has concluded arrangement for her to go to Italy and make money for the family but she said no.”
“The father got annoyed and locked up her salon shop and threatened to disown her since she had refused to travel to make money for the family. Parents should stop forcing their children to embark on this dangerous journey because many lives have destroyed all in the name of making money for the family abroad”.
“We are not saying people should not travel abroad, every body has a right to travel but you must travel safely and with the right documents so that you would not be exploited and forced into sex slavery, prostitution and force labour among others.” she said.
According to her, NAPTIP is collaborating with traditional institutions and communities because traffickers have switched focus to communities while many people are not still aware of the danger inherent in human trafficking and irregular migration.
“This sensitization targeted at endemic communities such as Idunmwuniye and it’s, Idogbo, Obagie, Ewesie, Ehor,Igieduma, Ogan, Ugoneki and Abudu in Ikpoba-Okha, Uhunmwode and Orhionmwon Local Governments”
“We also target critical stakeholders such as the Odionweres, women leaders, vigilante groups, artisans, religions leaders, town cries, teachers, students and youths among others”. She added.
She applauded the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, for putting up a taskforce on human trafficking and placing curse on human traffickers which said has sent cold shivers on human traffickers across the State.