Catholic Archdiocese of Nigeria Facilitates Advocacy Project to Combat Human Trafficking

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Some of the strategies employed in carrying out the initiative include “member capacity building, advocacy engagements, campaigning and public awareness to achieve our goal,” the 60-year-old Catholic member of the St. Paul’s Missionary Society of Nigeria (MSPN) who began his episcopal ministry in February 2012 says.

A August 18 report says Bishop Umoren along with Senior Nigeria (SAN) Advocate Damian Dodo and NAPTIP Director Arinze Orakwue want Nigerian parliamentarians “to provide the legislative framework for courts to confiscate the assets of human traffickers humans”.

Leaders who spoke at the official launch of three advocacy campaign hashtags by the Action Cluster Against Trafficking in Persons (AATIP) and SCALE on August 17 said such a confiscation would not only weaken the criminal networks involved in the vice of human trafficking, but victims of trafficking benefit from what is confiscated.

In his contribution during the launch of the advocacy campaign hashtags #FundNAPTIP, #ConfiscateTraffickingProceeds and #SayNoToHumanTrafficking, Bishop Umoren highlighted the need for the relevant government agency in charge of combating human trafficking to be adequately funded.

Without adequate funding, the Catholic Bishop said, the West African country will neither be able to successfully prosecute traffickers nor help victims of the vice.

In the August 24 message shared with ACI Africa, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Abuja laments that “human trafficking has gone beyond sexual exploitation and domestic servitude; it has now extended to organ harvesting.

These days, he says, human traffickers “kill people and sell their organs. They believe it is easier for them to get money this way than to start waiting for a prostitute to pay. So it took on a scary, scary dimension.

The Nigerian Catholic Bishop notes that human trafficking is a global problem and no country is spared.

“Human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide,” he says, adding that every year “thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own country and abroad Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination of the victims.

JDPC Abuja Chairman says traffickers are using false promises, messages and deceptions to lure millions into their hands. He adds that “trafficking is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights”.

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