Oshiomhole Warns Youths Against Prostitution

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Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said admonished youths, who crave for emigration to foreign countries in search of the proverbial golden fleece but end up prostituting when they get to their destination, to always look before they leap as better opportunities abound here in Nigeria.

The governor, who was represented by the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Osagie Obayuwana, was speaking at the opening of a two-day sensitisation workshop for policymakers and chairmen of local government councils in the state.

The event was organised in the state capital, Benin City, by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic In Persons and other related matters (NAPTIP).

Earlier, Executive Secretary of the NAPTIP, Mrs. Jedy Agba, described trafficking in persons as a modern form of slavery, adding that “it is a crime which includes all acts involved in the recruitment, transportation within or across borders, purchase, sale, transfer, harbouring of persons, involving the use of deception, coercion, or debt bondage for the purpose of placing or holding a person in forced or bonded labour or in slavery like conditions.”

She said the agency was established in response to the social menace and negative consequences engendered by the human trafficking phenomenon.

Mrs. Jedy Agba stressed that Nigeria is regarded as a source, transit, and destination country for women and children trafficked for the purposes of forced labour and commercial sexual exploitation or prostitution.

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“Evidence shows that a large proportion of women trafficked to Europe, especially Italy, are from Nigeria. It is difficult to obtain accurate statistics on the exact scale of trafficking in Nigeria due to the clandestine nature of the crime.

“It is estimated that over 80 percent of prostitutes of African descent in the sex trade in Italy are trafficked from Nigeria,” she submitted.

She disclosed that Edo State has been identified as one of the source states for the recruitment and transportation of young female to Europe for sexual exploitation.

“The state is considered highly endemic as it accounts for the highest cases of human trafficking for sexual exploitation of young Nigerian female to Europe and other parts of the world,” she stated.

Philip Dogo, Head of the Benin Zonal office of NAPTIP, said that participants at the workshop “have been carefully selected based on their strategic roles and the need to partner with them in the fight against human trafficking.”

He stated that information gathered during the agency’s sensitisation to some of the endemic communities within Edo and Delta States showed that traffickers have now shifted attention from the city centres to remote communities within the various local government councils of the state where they recruit their victims.

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