ActionAid Nigeria identifies poverty, limited education, others as major causes of human trafficking

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ActionAid Nigeria (AAN), has identified poverty, limited education, lack of economic opportunities and insecurity as some of the main factors leading people, especially women and girls into trafficking.

The group which is a human rights organisation that works with poor and excluded groups, promoting their rights and empowering people living in poverty also called for a multi sectoral approach and collaboration amongst stateholders in tackling the menace.

This was contained in a statement signed by ActionAid Nigeria country Director, Ene Obi and made available to journalists in Lokoja to commerate “the World day against trafficking in persons” .

She maintained that as a nation, efforts to tackle human trafficking must focus on addressing the root causes of poverty in the society, working to ensure that every Nigerian, especially women and girls have an opportunity to live a life of dignity and make social progress’.

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Ene further stated that ‘‘Citizens and governments at all level must wake up to challenge this monster. The human trafficking industry is a multi-billion-dollar industry worldwide and it will take collective, consistent and decisive efforts to overcome the challenge of human trafficking.

“Some of those involved in trafficking of persons especially women and girls for prostitution and cheap labour are well placed and connected in the society, but there must be no sacred cows in this fight. Human trafficking is a crime, and the law enforcement agencies must wake up and bring justice for the oppressed’’.

She noted that ActionAid Nigeria in it’s efforts to tackle the root causes of human trafficking and forced migration, has empowered 25844 women and young people within the last three years through training and mentoring, provision of start-up grants and equipment for the launch of productive activities.

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“At ActionAid Nigeria, we believe that building the agency of citizens and contributing to improving their socio-economic conditions will reduce their vulnerability to human trafficking and other forms of modern-day slavery. We therefore call on governments and other non-governmental organisations to scale up such interventions. The statement stressed




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