â€œHuman Trafficking is a crime against humanity. It involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring, or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion, or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them,â€ according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Human trafficking is also identified as modern-day slavery, is driven by compulsion and exploitation. Physical force and violence often are part of the crime, but sometimes the oppression comes through psychological or emotional manipulation, insurmountable-debt, immigration or other legal threats, or blackmail.
Although the name suggests it, human trafficking doesnâ€™t necessarily involve transporting victims. People can be trafficked on the same street they grew up on.
Excessive desire of money and luxurious life style drive slavery. Human trafficking increases because the risks involved for traffickers are low and the profits are high.
Human trafficking victims are robbed of their freedom and choice. Victims are left with lasting pains on their minds, such as the physical, mental, emotional, and financial scars follow them all the rest of their lives. It is a disheartening crime that occurs under the surface of everyday life. But it is also a crime that can be stopped with people being educated about the dangers involved and commit to using their abilities and interest to eradicate modern day slavery.
Is very painfully to see that fellow human are now being traded for the price of a laptop. We are face with the fear of the safety of our young ones because the next minute you turn your back, you may not know exactly what will happen to them.
It is well known that human trafficking is a secreted crime which can only be eradicated through information SHARING OF EXPERIENCES from the victims. Who suffered or feel the pain and wished they had known about its risk earlier enough. But they donâ€™t want others to become victims as well. Also aspire to bring the issue of human trafficking to the barest minimum through public awareness programme in communities.
To educate the victims on the importance of sharing information, experiences, with young ones or communities will go a long way to educate them about the hidden truth about human trafficking and give tips of what the so-called helpers used to get people to follow them.
Reports has shown that teenagers between the ages of 11 and 15 are particularly at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking for the reason that they are vulnerable target for the traffickers. Most of these victims are girls, but boys can be deceived as well.
Research has proved that 60% of human trafficking victims are recruited through persuasion and a false sense of friendship, relationship or love. It has also been determined or specified by that any child under or below the age of 18 who is involved in paid sex acts is defined as a victim of human trafficking.
Therefore, I feel that it is very important to educate the population that is most at-risk of becoming victims in hopes of preventing this crime from happening to our children and grandchildren. In addition, by educating boys, that means we can change attitudes that nurture trafficking rather than nurturing respect towards women. While there are fewer male victims, there are more male perpetrators so both girls and boys need to be educated.
The trafficking situation content ranges from being lured by a friend, through offers of love, protection or opportunities that seem too good to be true.
Finally, the ultimate hope is to have the EXPERIENCES of victims to be used as a prevention tool that can be copied across the county in order to educate all Nigerian youth-at-risk about the dangers and signs of human trafficking.
A big thanks to organisations like PRAWA and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP), for their wonderful effort and hardwork in trying to create awareness in schools and remote communities in the country about the dangers of human trafficking.