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Anti-trafficking campaign group urges transporters to avoid human trafficking

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Anti-trafficking campaign group urges transporters to avoid human trafficking

By Aderogba George

The Roost Foundation, a campaign group against trafficking and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), on Saturday urged carriers to avoid human trafficking.

The Foundation’s Executive President, Ms. Julie Okah-Donli, and former Executive Director of NAPTIP, called for an awareness program at the Jabi Fleet in Abuja.

Okah-Donli said some victims of trafficking have testified that transporters were involved in trafficking, and that there was a need to educate them about the involvement.

“We know that human trafficking is the transport of victims from one place to another, by sea and other means of transport.

“Now it’s these carriers who take victims from one place to another, sometimes they are aware of it and sometimes they ignore it because they don’t even have a clue.

“With the arrival of COVID, a lot of victims are waybills, they are loaded into vehicles and delivered to someone else at another fleet.

“There is a lot of traffic in the car fleets, and we have to educate the drivers, they have to know the traffic indicators, know the signs,” she said.

Okah-Donli, who is also the United Nations president in charge of funds for victims of trafficking, called on carriers to report any trafficking incidents they encounter to the appropriate authorities.

According to her, the fight against the threat is a fight that must involve the whole of society, if the threat is to be eradicated.

She said that the foundation would also move towards air transport, to educate them, when it is done with the road carriers.

Okah-Donli added that the foundation will also continue to educate the public, especially carriers, until they understand the language and signs used by traffickers.

Carriers must realize that they are partners in progress and that they must work with the foundation and the government to end the scourge, she said (NAN)

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