The Edo State (South south Nigeria) Government as of Thursday started a campaign against human trafficking and illegal migration to some communities and schools in the state. The campaign team led by Mr. Solomon Okoduwa, the Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Godwin Obaseki, was in Esan North East Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking during the visit to Uromi, Okoduwa told the inhabitants of the various communities visited to guide their wards and children against traffickers. He said that such traffickers took advantage of the ignorance of their victims to perpetuate the act under the false pretense of assisting them to leave better lives.
The governor’s aide urged them not to be deceived with the claim that a good job awaited them upon their arrival at their destinations.
He said, “They (traffickers) do not have any job waiting for your children but rather they have a mission of engaging them in slavery while some, and especially the girls, are used for prostitution. The trafficker’s intention is not to better your lot or that of your children but to enrich themselves to the detriment of your family.”
Okoduwa said the state government aims at completely eradicating human trafficking and irregular migration in the state.