By: AISHA SAAD
The Heartland Alliance International in her efforts to end human trafficking in North East Nigeria, has organised a group discussion with stakeholders to deliberate and put together a standard document for averting trafficking in Adamawa state. The meeting took place at AUN Hotel, Yola.
The Heartland Alliance is a human right based organisation globally, it strengthen the services for social service providers to respond to trafficking . It also, provides technical assistance for National Agency For The Prohibition Of Human Trafficking In Persons.
The Heartland Alliance International Project Manager, Miss Shikse Peret Patience, said the meeting is aimed at assessing the participants knowledge on human trafficking, their capacity, resources needed and what is lacking in addressing trafficking in Adamawa State. Miss. Patience, gave an overview of trafficking where she said ‘trafficking is the conveyance of a person from one location to another, it could be either within a particular location, inter- state or abroad. It could either be with or without consent of the victim or his/her parents.
She further explained some reasons for trafficking to include; For money making, lure for cities, sell of human organs, domestic workers, exploiting among others.
In addition, The National Agency For The Prohibition Of Haman Trafficking In Persons has made it clear to the public to note that;
-It is a crime to deal with any person as a slave
-It is crime to remove, buy or sell any human organ
-It is a crime to engage in the buying and selling of any human being
-It is a crime to employ a child under 12 as a domestic worker
-It is a crime to organise foreign travels which promotes sexual exploitation of any person. For more information, report cases of trafficking call the following Toll Free lines: 070300007847.
The Participants were grouped in to various groups to discuss on trafficking issues, social services needed, case management, capacity and resources available, cultural attitudes, perceptions and practices in the State.The Stakeholders reviewed findings based on the discussions made comments and a standard document is produced to be presented to state Government for implementation.
In an interview with the NAPTIP Adamawa State Commander, Malam. Adamu Ibrahim Bah, said one of the the success story recorded is that his organisation in collaboration with police and the district head of Sukur community in Madagali local Government of Adamawa State has rescued and re-unites 26 children with their families. He laments that so far, NAPTIP lack shelter to keep victims before re-uniting them with their families. He appealed to Government to provide shelter for survivors of trafficking.
Also, the representative of National Orientation Agency, Malam. Mu’awiya Abba Zumo, described the programme as timely, because human trafficking is a criminal offence. He added that his organisation will sensitize the public the subject matter, it’s dangers and the laws against trafficking.
The Participants were drawn fro the Ministries of Women Affairs and Social development, Justice, Health, Human Rights Commission, Sexual Assault Referral Centre, National Orientation Agency etc.
Highlights of the programme was group discussions, presentations, questions and answers.