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TRAFFICKING: HDI sensitises churches and schools
The effort according to them is part of their contribution towards awareness creation and as part of activities marking the 2013 international Day against human trafficking which held on 23rd September, 2013.
Prior to the date, the group were at a church- Chapel of Christ our light to show a video documentary (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NySbi4e1erc), (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rorwZqLIBNA) on trafficking to the youths and teenagers of the church and give a talk about it.
In continuation of the advocacy, the group started school visits on Monday with the mountaintop Schools, Onike girls and Fazil Omar with 144, 121, 107 students in attendance. Today however on their visit to Reagan Girls College and Queens College, a total of 489 students were reached in both schools combined.
According to the resource person of HDI, Mrs Funsho Owasanoye, Poverty, ignorance and greed, which she denoted with the acronym PIG among many other things have been attributed as the major enhancement to the growth of Trafficking in Person in Nigeria.
In stating preventive measures however, she emphasized that Traffickers prey on people with promises of higher incomes to improve economic situations, support parents and families in villages, and escape from war and conflict, warning that the children should beware of attractive gifts from strangers but be content with whatever they have from their parents.
She also warned them to be careful about the limit of disclosure in online conversations with strangers and never be afraid to speak out or report anyone promising them of better life outside their home because such people may be prospective traffickers.
To this end she unveiled the various help-lines that people can call in case of any issue arising that may be beyond control. Starting from the HDI helpline to the helplines of the ministry of women affairs and Lagos state, she displayed all the helplines.