Child trafficking: The modern day slavery in Nigeria

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By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

Amina is a younger girl of 12 years old who hails from Kano state , shared her ordeals , fears and anxiety to the police .

Who looks beautiful , calm , quiet and naive. With many dreams about the future , ever though she too will be among the victim of child trafficking .

But she thanks her stars when the Kano state police command rescued in the hands of their adopters .

Amina story is not different from others stories of many children who their parents have been lured by cheap psychological lies and manipulative emotional 419 of selling their children in to unknown slavery of crystal “green pasture” outside the villages or towns.

However, Peoples Daily Weekend revealed that the trafficking of children for the purpose of domestic service, prostitution and other forms of exploitative labour is a widespread phenomenon in Nigeria for a very long time now.

However , there are classification of age range some are from ages 5- 10, 11- 18 and 18 above these Children are recruited with promises of well-paid jobs in urban centres within the country or abroad, realising too late that they have been lured into a debt bond.

Violence, coercion and deception are used to take victims away from their families, since most of them are desperate for quick and easy way to get wealth .

Unfortunately , Nigeria is a source, transit and destination country for trafficked women and children, Prostitution, domestic and exploitative labour continues to fuel this modern from of slavery.

Meanwhile, Human trafficking is said to be the third largest illegal trade after drug trafficking and arms trade.

There is yet no reliable estimate of the number of children trafficking internally and externally by United Nation Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) primarily this is because of the clandestine nature of the phenomenon.

The causes of child trafficking are numerous. They include poverty, desperation to escape violence, corruption, unemployment, illiteracy and ignorance.

Further more,these children lives under the mercy of those traffickers , in those countries they took their victims to country like Gabon, Togo, Cameroon, Niger, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Benin Republic, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.

Lately, children are reported to be trafficked from Nigeria to Dubai.

In reality, those who attempt to sell children into slavery or sexual exploitation do not seek their prey in comfortable suburbs; they look in the poorest shanty towns or the most underprivileged rural areas, where grinding poverty can heighten children’s vulnerability to protection abuses.

A cross section of resident give an insight on how most of these children suffering mental, psychological and emotional trauma and they children passed through.

A resident at Wuse 2 Jonathan Ibrahim said that most of these rich in United Kingdom , the adopted a child in Africa by agencies for black market organ trafficking after using keeping them for a month or when a child reach a certain age for their organ harvest, blood, labour because they are children and strong .

Another painful thing , is that after all inflicting pains on them ,killed or abounded them on the mercy of one .

And most of those agencies have not been monitored .

Similarly ,Mrs. Omehi David emphasized that parents needs to be conscience of greed and selfishness of wealth . And most of those parents do not equally known the true situation of what is happening to them.

To fight child trafficking, the Government passed the Trafficking in Persons Prohibition and Administration Act and established the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and Other Related matters (NAPTIP) in 2003. Since then, investigation of cases, prosecution of criminals, rescue and rehabilitation of victims have been successfully carried out by the Agency.

Mrs. David reiterated that even of a recent media have been reported such cases and more grace to them.

Another resident , in utako market Miss Beverley Ben, decried the increasing rate of children who are being made vulnerable due to family and socio-economic hardship in the country maintaining that the experience effects the psychology and the social well being of the victim especially those with poor education and lack of social amenities of life had contributed to the increase of child trafficking. She also observed the need to equip and educate Nigerians in the war against child trafficking in the country.

Adding that “I can recalled that the National Assembly passed a Human Trafficking Law to end the nefarious activities of the merchants, whether it is in trafficking of children or women. “But I have not seen or heard any conviction of perpetrators since the human trafficking bill was signed into law at the federal land,” she added.

If the government and agencies involved in combating child trafficking

Put more effort, with their outstanding effort . Soon Nigeria will be curb the menace of child Trafficking , in as much as more enlightenment both in television , radio , newspaper and billboard adverts are involved in different languages in Nigeria , citizens will be enlightened and report any attempt of such evil act to the necessary authority .

 

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