NAPTIP Seeks Nollywood’s Collaboration to curb Child Trafficking

NAPTIP Seeks Nollywood’s Collaboration to curb Child Trafficking

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has urged Nollywood celebrities to support the fight against human trafficking as they play vital roles in the society.

The call was made by the Director -General (DG) of NAPTIP, Dr Fatima Waziri, at the premiere of the movie ‘Enslaved’, a film based on the fight against human trafficking and child labour in Nigeria.

The movie which is noted to be an initiative of the Media Aid for Development Foundation, was premiered alongside the launch of a rural sensitisation campaign – One Community Campaign.

The aim of the newly launched campaign is to deploy big screens to sensitise rural community dwellers with educationally entertaining content such as ‘Enslaved’.

The Assistant Chief Intelligence Officer from the Public Enlightenment Department of NAPTIP, Mrs Jessica Arikpo, who represented the DG said that the film industry, both in Nigeria and across the world, had over the years played a vital role in the agency’s agenda of meeting its mandate.

“Between 2014 and 2015, the Agency produced a weekly TV series, Itohan, and am sure some of you must have watched it on NTA, the result of that programme was quite huge as it made a lot of impact on the lives of young people.

“NAPTIP has no doubt that the movie would continue where other movies, including Itohan stopped, in portraying the dangers of human trafficking and child labour and smuggling of migrants.

“I am persuaded that the premiere of this movie and the lunch of one community campaign will kick-start a new era in the use of various awareness creation platforms in fighting human trafficking.

“I want to also use this medium to call on the Nollywood celebrities to kindly join forces with NAPTIP in the fight as they play a vital role in our society in spreading anti-human trafficking, especially to the youths who watch their parts in shows and movies.

“These young Nigerians look up to them as role models so it should become part of their cooperate social responsibility to join NAPTIP to fight human trafficking,” she said.

Enslaved was directed and produced by Ugochukwu Ohuonu, aka Twenty Mouth.

It is a true-life story about human trafficking, child labour, and sexual exploitation of young Nigerian girls who are trafficked within States to big cities to further their education by people they hold in high esteem in their communities.

It recounts various afflictions faced by victims of human trafficking, afflictions which include loss of lives for money ritual purposes, being sold as domestic slaves, contraction of diseases and even unwanted pregnancies.

The keynote speaker at the premiere, Nwolu Okerewa, said he was glad to be a part of one community campaign.

A campaign that was necessary at a time Nigeria and the world were fighting the rampant crime of human trafficking and child labour and enslavement.

Okerewa said, “I am really delighted to be a part of this initiative on human trafficking or modern day slavery which are all names that are used interchangeably to refer to crimes whereby traffickers exploit and profit at the expense of others.

“By compelling them to perform labour or engage in commercial sex, the United States department of State in 2010 reported that Nigeria is a source, transit and destination for countries for women and children subjected to trafficking in persons.

“Including forced labour and forced prostitution, it is not worthy that this modern-day slavery transcends international boundaries and is not limited to Nigeria alone.

“Using a network of people, recruitment is done from rural areas.

We are particularly interested in rural areas in Nigeria where women and girls are subjected to involuntary domestic servitude and sexual exploitation.

“And boys are forced to labour as street vendors and domestic servitude in mining and begging,” he said.

He urged all Nigerians to make the campaign a part of sensitising their neighbours and people around to stop the proliferation of human trafficking.

He also encouraged everyone to be an agent in ensuring that the evil was brought to bear.

NAN/Joy Onu /Hauwa Abu
NAPTIP Seeks Nollywood’s Collaboration to curb Child Trafficking

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