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OGSG commemorates 2021 World Day Against Trafficking In Persons



This year’s theme for the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons —VICTIMS' VOICES LEAD THE WAY— highlights the importance of listening to and learning from survivors of human trafficking. Survivors are key actors in the fight against human trafficking. They play a crucial role in establishing effective measures to prevent this crime, identifying and rescuing victims and supporting them on their path to rehabilitation. 

Ogun State government commemorates 2021 World Day Against Trafficking In Persons, through the Ogun State Taskforce Against Human Trafficking (OGTAHT) which was held at June 12, Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, the State capital on 30th July, 2021. 

Present at the events are; The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Ogun State, Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran; Special Adviser to the Governor on Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Adijat Adeleye; NAPTIP Southwest, Regional Director, Mrs. Tolu Odugbesan represented by Mr. Taiwo Waheed Adegboyega; and Ogun State Youth Leader, Comrade Ayelaagbe Abduljabar among others. 


The Special Adviser to the Governor on Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Adijat Adeleye, in her welcome speech, pointed out that most challenging aspect of trafficking, was that most of the victims do not want to speak up because of victimization, adding that it was the reason taskforce was put in place in order for the victims to see the reasoning why they need to speak out against Human Trafficking as well as give them necessary assistance by re-uniting them with their families. 

She added that, most of the victims of human trafficking in the State were provided with shelter, social protection and re-integrate them back into the society in conjunction with Ministry of Justice, Women Affairs and NAPTIP.

Ogun State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran has said that many victims of human trafficking experienced ignorance or misunderstanding in their attempt to get help.

Adeniran also said victims of human trafficking have at one time or the other had traumatic post-rescue experiences during identification and legal proceedings.

"Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights, indeed, every year, thousands of men, women, children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad", Adeniran said

He, further added that, some have faced revictimization and punishment for crimes they were forced to commit by their traffickers, noting that others have been subjected to stigmatization or received inadequate support. 

The National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP), Southwest, Regional Director, Mrs. Tolu Odugbesan, who was represented by Mr. Taiwo Waheed Adegboyega, said that female gender has been described as the most vulnerable of human trafficking as ninety five percent falls victims of the nefarious act.

Mr Waheed said male gender were only five percent vulnerable to the to being victims of human trafficking in the country. 

Mr. Taiwo Waheed Adegboyega, said that on a daily basis, posted and attended to issues of trafficking in Persons goes on, urging guidance and parents to teach their children morals as well as counsel them on good characters and decent way of life with sound education.

Speaking earlier, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Legal Matters, Mr. Olumide Mustapha said OGTAHT is working with various security outfit and NAPTIP in order to rehabilitate victims of human trafficking in the State through skills acquisition such as tailoring, catering as well as engaging them in sporting activities among others.

While urging the traditional rulers and well meaning Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), to intensify efforts and awareness against Human Trafficking, Mustapha said it's not just about helping the victims secure shelters but it' also includes tracing their families and re-integrate them back into the society.

"About 200 are victims of human trafficking in Ogun State, but our taskforce is been working with the zonal command of NAPTIP in the State, we have various sub committees and the committees are being tasked with providing physical, health and mental support as well as helping the victims find shelters but this including tracing their families and re-integrate them back into the society", Mustapha said. 

One of the victim who spoke on anonymity said the security personnel at every stopover and at border points work in collaboration with the traffickers, urging the government at all levels to rejuvenate the security architecture of the country particularly at the border areas.

She said the youths should be well engaged by government at all levels, with enough awareness against human trafficking particularly at the grassroots level.

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