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UN Women Country Reps, Italian ambassador laud Edo govt fight against human trafficking

From left to right: Ms Comfort Lamptey, Professor Yinka Omorogbe and Tarek Chazli at the UN Women programme held in Benin

By Isaac Olamikan, Senior Correspondent, Benin




Comfort Lamptey, the United Nations Women Country Representative to Nigeria and Economic Community of  West Africa State (ECOWAS) and Tarek Chazli, Deputy Ambassador of Italy to Nigeria, have given kudos to the Edo State government on its fight against human trafficking.


They gave their commendations at the official launching of the Preventing Forced Migration and Trafficking of Women and Girls in Nigeria held in Benin City on Tuesday.


Lamptey said the recent signing into law a bill prohibiting Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) by the state government was a right decision taken to reduce the scourge against forced migration and trafficking of women and girl-child.


Going further, Lamptey said globally, UN Women has built a solid and robust knowledge-base and expertise in the areas of addressing gender, forced migration and trafficking of women and girls.


According to her, the starting point for their work is an acknowledgement of the disproportionate impact of trafficking on women and girls, who make up over 70 percent of persons trafficked globally.


She stated that they recognized that structural inequalities, vulnerabilities and a lack of sustainable livelihoods are among the chief causes of trafficking. Indeed, trafficking is both part of the continuum of labor exploitation and violence against women.


In her view Nigeria has presented itself simultaneously as country of origin, transit and destination for all streams of migration and trafficking.


She said beyond irregular migration, Nigeria also experiences significant trafficking. Women and children constitute the majority of those trafficked to Europe, as well as being irregular migrants to other African destinations and the Middle East. While there are dynamic shifts over time, the main sites of forced documented and undocumented migration and trafficking include Edo State, the Delta and some Northern states.


Tarek Chazli, on his part, said the state government has proven itself to be a reliable partner in the fight against human trafficking adding that that is why the Italian government is willing to assist in all possible ways to ensure that the fight is completely won.


In his welcome address, the Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki represented by Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, chairperson, Edo State Task Force Against Human Trafficking/Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, said his government is very committed in its quest in making human trafficking and irregular migration a history in the state thus the huge financial investment in the human capacity development.










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