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.
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"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
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.”