Stakeholders Close Ranks For Reintegration of Victims of Human Trafficking.
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The Federal Government has restated its commitment to at all times ensure that victims of human trafficking are given their rightful place and that all reintegration and rehabilitation efforts will take into cognisance their special needs.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq gave the assurance at an event to mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2021.
The event was jointly organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
Director-General of NAPTIP, Senator Basheer Garba Muhammed,
stressed that the impact of exploitation on victims was so devastating that victims are physically affected, psychologically and emotionally traumatized and are oftentimes socially excluded.
According to the NAPTIP DG, it is time for victims of trafficking to anchor the awareness-raising on their situation, for a better promotion and protection of their rights, while experience shared could also serve as a warning to prevent potential victims from being trafficked.”
On his part, UN Resident Coordinator to Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, stressed that the efforts of stakeholders must be guided by survivors of trafficking.
“Their contribution is essential to address risk factors and patterns and to identify and protect victims and ensure their access to justice and recovery while holding their exploiters accountable” he stated
In his presentation, Chief of Mission at IOM Nigeria Mr Franz Celestin recalled the commitments made by Nigeria in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration to facilitate the access of trafficked persons to justice, to allow them to safely report experiences without fear of detention, deportation or penalty, and to provide migrants who have become trafficking victims with protection, assistance and redress.
UNODC Deputy Country Representative Ms. Elisabeth Bayer added that bringing perpetrators to justice is the only way to provide restitution for identified victims, to ensure they have access to justice, and to prevent further abuse and exploitation.
This year’s World Day Against Trafficking in person theme – Victims’ Voices Lead the Way – puts victims of human trafficking at the centre and highlights the importance of listening to and learning from survivors of human trafficking.
The day’s event portrayed survivors of human trafficking as key actors in the fight against human trafficking and stressed the need to listen to and learn from them as they play a crucial role in establishing effective measures to prevent this crime by identifying and rescuing victims and supporting them on their road to rehabilitation.
Four survivors shared their stories and stressed the need for all stakeholders to continue working towards eradicating this heinous crime and towards the reintegration of rescued victims.
The forum enjoined everyone on this World Day against Trafficking in Persons, to have a heart for the victims of human trafficking and join the blue heart campaign, through
LeaveNoOneBehind #HumanTrafficking #EndHum
It notes that in the midst of a global pandemic, accompanied by rising inequalities and economic devastation, the voices of human trafficking survivors and victims risk being drowned out.
Hence listening to their stories is more crucial than ever as the COVID-19 crisis increases fragilities and drives up desperation.
By Abiola PETERS