Bishop calls for collaborative strategies to end human trafficking

Ukamaka Okafor, Abuja

The President of Caritas Nigeria, Bishop Lucius Ugorji has called for the strengthening of existing co-operation among countries of origin, transit and destination through collaborative strategies to prevent human trafficking.

Bishop Ugorji made the call at a conference co-organised by Caritas Internationalis and Pontifical Council for the Pastoral care of Migrants and Itinerant People at Daughters of Divine Love Retreat and Conference Centre, Lugbe, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The conference also amongst other issues raised awareness on trafficking of children, for labour and sexual exploitation, trafficking in crisis situations and trafficking in the maritime

Other experts at the International Conference on Human Traficking within and around Africa shared International Labour Organisation, ILO’s perspective on combating forced labour and Human Trafficking in Africa and to step up fights in to tackle it.

Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking of women and children, Ms. Ngozi Ezeilo highlighted some cases of human trafficking.

“In spite of the enormous sensitization made by the church, NAPTIP and other stakeholders, some young women still prefer the associated risk involved in self trafficking”.

Speaking at the event, the Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onayekan called on stakeholders to apply inter-religious approach to combating human trafficking.

In his words “the human trafficking affects people of all faiths convictions and for such cooperation to be more effective, religious bodies should develop mutual collaboration, within and in the countries of destination of migrant”

Also the President of Caritas Internationalis, Cardinal Tagle, who spoke on human ecology and the root causes of trafficking of human beings advocated for total the eradication of human trafficking as millions go through exploitations and still become slaves in the
countries they find themselves.

According to him, “the root causes are at times natural disasters like droughts, floods, earthquake and volcanoes  can render territories uninhabitable, but most of the time, they are man-made”.