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Jonathan foundation canvasses just society to check human trafficking

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As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the 2020 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation (GJF) has tasked the Federal Government on a just society to contain human trafficking.

The organisation, in a message on his verified Facebook page, @Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, to mark the event, said: “Human trafficking is a crime that violates the human dignity and exposes victims to slavery and severe exploitation.”

It, however, commended frontline workers, particularly the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), for ensuring hope and justice for victims.

“On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, we call on governments and everyone to discourage and #EndHumanTrafficking by building an inclusive society through gender equality and respect for the rule of law.

“We celebrate all frontline workers, especially those who are dedicated to providing hope and justice to victims of human trafficking,” the statement read.

Also, the Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, said the act was a “crime and violation that should have no place in our world”, adding that over 225,000 victims were detected between 2003 and 2016. He said many more others need help.

According to him, “the latest Global Report on Trafficking in Persons indicates that nearly three quarters of all detected trafficking victims worldwide are female, while 30 percent are children.”

He continued: “Human trafficking happens in every country. It thrives in situations where the rule of law is weak and people lack opportunities. Humanitarian crises and conflicts create an environment in which traffickers easily prey upon the vulnerable.

“This year’s World Day against Trafficking in Persons is an opportunity to call governments to action, to protect victims and their rights, as well as hold perpetrators accountable.”


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