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Group battles human trafficking, child labour in Taraba

16 October 2014, 21:28

Abuja - The Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) has solicited for the support of security operatives to end the two challenges in the Taraba State.

The State Coordinator of the organisation, Sarah David Ibi, also the need for government at all level and well placed individuals to work with civil society organizations (CSOs) to eliminate the problems.

She believed the collaboration of all stakeholders would go a long way to address the growing rate of child trafficking in the society.

Also read: Human trafficking a $7bn business

"With all hands on desk, the issue of child labour and child trafficking in the state would soon be a thing of the past."

She expressed concern that security operatives, who ought to be in the vanguard of helping WOTCLEF to track down perpetrators of the hideous crime,  were allegedly  hindering the organisation's efforts.

She cited a particular case in Takum Local Government Council of the state, where four children were trafficked to Makirdi in Benue State and to the Federal Capital territory by one Linus Okoro.

Ibi felt disappointed that the police went ahead to release the suspect on bail without carrying out relevantly investigations.

She commend the efforts of the State Security Agency (SSS), Civil Defense Corps, and other security agencies which had been assisting the foundation in addressing child trafficking and child labour and urged the police to emulate them.

Ibi also admonished parents to desist from giving out their child or children to people in the name of assisting them to train such children.

“Patents should thank God for the gift of these children by desisting from giving them out for labour. When they give out their children, their security and safety are not guaranteed.”

 - CAJ 


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