CLEEN Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization has taken the message on dangers of human trafficking and forced migration to schools in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that CLEEN Foundation is conducting an “In School Documentary Show on Preventing Forced Migration and Human Trafficking of Women.”
CLEEN Foundation during one of its visits at Adeola Memorial College, Iju spoke with the students on the dangers of human trafficking and how to identify a trafficker.
Bella Akhagba, the CEO Bella Foundation For Child and Maternal Care who spoke with the children said victims of trafficking are abused physically and mentally.
“Aside the physical and mental abuse, victims often end up with sexually transmitted diseases and some even die during the journey of being trafficked.
“Human trafficking is something deadly that we all must condemn. Dony let anyone talk you into going to any place with them without the consent of your parents.” she said.
Fred Uche Oko, Head Public Enlightenment Unit, NAPTIP Lagos Zonal Command told the students to count themselves lucky to be enlightened on the dangers of human trafficking.
“You may think this is far from you but human trafficking is happening in your environment and you should report whenever you see a trafficker.
“Human trafficking is the movement of person(s) from one place to another through cohersion for exploitation. It is a denial of child rights.
“Women and children are the most vulnerable and that’s why we are here. Please report yo us whenever you notice your classmates going through any form of abuse.
“When you see a child hawking or coming late to school, you can tell that he or she is being abused. You can call our 627 toll free line. It is always on and we will keep your reports as anonymous.
“Do not listen to anyone who trys to sweet talk you into going anywhere especially when your parents are not involved, they could be human traffickers.” he said.