Abuja - About 80 percent of Nigerian women and girls, who arrive Italy, are sex trafficking victims, according to Vatican news agency, Agenzia Fides.
According to Monsignor Ignatius Ayau Kaigama who is the Archbishop of Jos and President of the Nigerian Bishops Conference “Hundreds of thousands of people fall victim to human trafficking every year in Africa alone.
He noted that the remaining 21 percent, who are men are coerced into forced labour.
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Kaigama revealed this at an international conference against human trafficking organised by Christian Organisations Against Trafficking in Human Beings (COATNET), and Catholic Charity Caritas, Abuja.
Kaigama further disclosed that the majority of those trafficked are children below the age of 18.
Kaigama called on the Federal Government to declare human trafficking a national disgrace, and to take urgent and long-lasting measures to address its root causes.
- News 24