UBIAJA-Worried by the danger posed by the activities of human traffickers, the Girl Power Initiatives (GPI), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has extended its aggressive campaign against the
scourge to Edo Central Senatorial District.
The NGO who had earlier carried out the anti-trafficking campaign in Edo South and Edo North Senatorial Districts of the state held Training of Trainers on Human Trafficking and Migration issues in Edo Central Senatorial District.
The group held a two-day sensitization seminar each in Ubiaja, Irrua, and Igueben, with participants drawn from all secondary schools in the
senatorial district, each school presenting three students and a teacher.
Participants were handed tips to identify tricks and strategies of traffickers, as well as indept information on the dangers of human
The co-ordinator of GPI, Mrs. Grace Osakwe said objective of the campaign was to give the children sufficient information and skills to
enable them say no to traffickers, and be able to migrate safely when necessary.
She likened human trafficking to killing somebody, asserting that it is a life threatening practice that must not be allowed to continue.
According her, for one victim who survive trafficking, about 99 die or are damaged.
She stated also that her organisation would work on the community to give community members sufficient information that would enable them
differentiate between trafficking and migration.
Osakue advised government to ensure every child of school age was in school, pointing out that the longer they stay in school, the less
vulnerable they are to be trafficked.
She also advocated birth control to reduce financial pressure on parents, noting that since 1993, when GPI was founded they have
recorded only one incident of an only child that was trafficked, adding that upon investigation it was discovered that she was forced into it by her father and step mother.
The project officer, GPI Packing Project, Mrs. May Ekido said the programme was designed to train participants who will in turn go to
their respective schools to train others on human trafficking and irregular migration.
She lamented that victims of human trafficking face a lot of hazards, and end up as slaves to their traffickers.
“some end up in homes where they are made to produce babies that are sold. Some end in hospital where vital organs are harvested from them
without them knowing it”, she lamented.
The resource person, Mrs. Blessing Ehiagwina, who is also the head of Service Department GPI, exposed to the participants, strategies
employed by traffickers to carry out their gruesome activities.
Also present at the awareness seminar were Chief Inspectors of Education in the five local government areas of the senatorial