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Human Trafficking: Oba Of Benin Places Curses? On Sorcerers, Cultists

Sorcerers paying homahe to Oba Ewuare II

Jethro Ibileke/Benin

The Benin Monarch, Oba Ewuare II, on Friday assembled sorcerers and top magic-practicing priests of the Kingdom to place curses on native doctors and herbalists and all others who aid human traffickers by administering oaths of secrecy on their victims.

Also cursed were kidnappers, violators of the order banning Community Development Associations and others whose business is to initiate sons and daughters of the kingdom into various cult groups.

Those who carried out the swearing exercise were the Ohen Okhuae, Ohen Ovia, Ohen n’Oriyekeogba, Ohen Ake, Ohen Niwuo, Native Doctors, Ohen Sango, Odionwere, Iwueki and the Enigies.

It would also be recalled that the Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Dame Julie Okah-Donli, had during a visit to the Benin monarch a few weeks ago, disclosed that the agency found it difficult to prosecute offenders because the victims were not willing to come to court to testify against their traffickers due to the oaths of secrecy administered on them.

Oba Ewuare in his remark during the ceremony, said those aiding and abetting human trafficking through the use of black magic and subjecting them to the oaths of secrecies should desist from it henceforth or face the wrath of the gods.

“You native doctors whose business is to subject people to the oath of secrecies and encouraging this evil act on the land, you have to repent, stop doing it. This is not a joking matter and if you do not repent, you have to wait for the repercussion,” he said.

The Monarch noted that the palace is not against those practicing sorcery, but seriously frowned at those who use it to perpetrate evil in the land through aiding and abetting human trafficking in the State.

He said henceforth those who were under oaths of secrecy administered on them by human traffickers had been set free and at liberty to air their views and reveal their sponsors without fear of any harm from their sponsors.

“We want to use this medium to tell those who are under any oaths of secrecy that they are now free. We revoke the oaths today,” he said.

The Royal father said the interest of the palace was to work for the development and progress of the State, adding that all hands must be on deck to work towards that direction by doing what is right.

“What the Palace stands for is peace and the development of the state. I want to use this medium to tell you that the act of using charms to aid trafficking, the palace seriously frowns at it.

“We want us to join hands together to fight against human trafficking in the land,” he said, noting that there had been positive reports? about Edo State and that such positive reports? must be sustained.

The Oba who disclosed that the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, pleaded with him to help reduce the spate of human trafficking in the State, added that before now, he has been in the vanguard against human trafficking in the State.

Meanwhile, the Director-General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, has hailed the Benin Monarch, Oba Ewuare II, for placing curses on human traffickers and their colaborators.

Speaking to our correspondent at the palace of the Benin Monarch, Okah-Donli, who was represented by the Edo State Commander of NAPTIP, Barr. Nduka Nwawwenne, expressed confidence that the curse placed on those aiding and abetting human trafficking will reduce? the scourge of trafficking in persons.

She added that the agency hoped it would witness improved prosecution of trafficking offenders henceforth.

“The major reason is that victims of human trafficking who are supposed to give evidence in court don’t usually open up because of the oath of secrecy they have taken.

“These oaths are taken with some personal items like finger nails, pubic hair, menstrual pads, pictures, clothings and things like that. They are also told that the moment they open up and reveal their traffickers, they will be punished by the oaths they have taken.

“So, because of that, we are not able to get enough evidence to prosecute suspected traffickers.

“With the pronouncement of His Royal Majesty today, I think a giant stride has been taken and am sure that people will now open up, because, in the first place, oaths will not be administered on them [trafficking victims].

“I believe that now that curses have been placed on them, His Royal Majesty has forgiven those that administered it previously. So, I believe in it.





January 09, 2014

Varsities Talk: How ASUU members destroyed Nigerian universities (2 )– Sex Racketon


Last week, the focus was on the Course Notes racket and the way it has undermined scholarship in Nigerian universities. Omitted from the write-up was the allied racket of “expo” – which entails lecturers revealing to those students who bought the Course Notes questions likely to come out in the examination. Running side by side with the Course Notes racket is the sex racket which is just as pervasive and which had fostered cultism on campuses in ways most people don’t often understand. The straight forward sex racket is easily understood by everyone. Lecherous lecturers and professors earmark some female students who they must take to bed. One way or another, the victims get the message: you will fail my course irrespective of what you do unless you “see me.” Most easily succumb; more stubborn ones get the message after scoring low marks in one or two tests. Only very few resist to the bitter end. I first became aware of the extent of the sex racket on Nigerian university campuses in 1989. I was travelling from Kaduna to Kano, when a young lady flagged me down at Zaria begging for a lift. She was extremely good looking and carrying two pieces of luggage. Soon, I was able to establish that she was an undergraduate student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Knowing that the university was still in session, I was curious to find out why she was carrying so much for what I thought was just a brief visit to Kano. She candidly told me she was travelling that night out of the country with her man friend, a Minister. They were going away for 10 days. “How about the classes you will be missing?” I asked in innocence. “I don’t have to worry about that; the Head of Department who is my friend has assured me I will pass the exams even if I don’t study. You just have to know your way around the university.” It was all I could do to hold on to the steering as she recounted the exploits of girls and their lecturers – not only in that university but other universities as well. Much later, I discovered that everything she told me was the gospel truth. Many Nigerian academicians, who routinely condemn public servants, Governors, Ministers, Commissioners etc, would make those they vilify appear like saints if all their own atrocities on campus are exposed. Invariably, the lecturers indulging in the sex racket become known to the student population and then two things occur. First, most female students who feel they ‘have something to offer’ invariably start to hunt for the lecturers. A great deal of the sexy dressing on campus is not aimed at the male students – who have nothing to offer – but the teachers; who can offer much. Second, the romance between the lecherous lecturers sometimes instigates cultism or fosters it. Since the boys have nothing to offer and they find themselves studying hard just to barely make good grades, they resort to self-help. Cultism is one of the defences male students have mounted to even the score. Again, let me illustrate with a real life example from Lagos. One evening, I found myself at one of the watering holes in Lagos and on the next table were two men in their 40s according to my impression. One asked the other why he was resigning his appointment from the university, name withheld. The answer was simple. “Those cult boys want to kill me.” To the question: ‘why’, he gave a complete report of how sex and cultism on campuses go together like yam and eggs. Here it is summarized. He had fastened his hooks on a very beautiful girl in his class and told her, as usual, that she would not succeed in his course unless she succumbed. The girl in turn had told her boyfriend – a level 400 Engineering student – who, as it turned out, was one of the leaders of a cult group. They decided to deal with the lecturer. He was kidnapped at gun point, a few days after, shortly after closing and taken, first to a safe house and later to the cult’s den. The girl was with them. He did not need to be told what he had done. But, he was told anyway. He was attempting to sleep with the girl of their leader. They could kill him if they wanted and nothing would happen. But, they won’t do that. They have decided to make use of him. But first he must be punished. He was stripped naked; tied to a tree and one of the boys, who was in his class, was ordered to give him 48 lashes. Then his wound was washed with alcohol and he was given more to drink. His final sentence was then pronounced. He would be given the list of all the cult members in his class. None of them must fail. The girl must receive an A grade; otherwise he would be assassinated. He was declared missing for two days before he was freed to return home and cover his tracks with a story he made up. Suddenly, he found himself entering the classroom and the boy who had whipped him would be making funny faces at him. He couldn’t stand it anymore. He revealed a lot more about how cultism dictated who failed or passed examinations in that university and ended up with a statement which has grave implications for the future of Nigeria. He said: “When people say we are graduating unemployable people, they don’t know that many of them should not have graduated at all. But, we send them out with certificates for a lot of reasons which have nothing to do with their academic performance.” Finally, some day, a study will be conducted to determine the extent of sex for cash or prostitution on campus. Men-about-town holding parties have been known to send to the nearest university campus to recruit young ladies, whose parents are unaware of their escapades, to be shared out like food and choice wines, to spend the night with absolute strangers. Sometimes, the recruiter is a lecturer who knows which girl to call who will bring a whole flock of other girls. Some girl hostels in our universities might as well be called brothels. And the school authorities look aside.

January 1, 2014

The growing prostitution ring – Thisday

The Citizen
Public Affairs


BENIN— WOMEN groups at the weekend declared support for plan by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to prosecute lecturers who sexually harass female students, with a call by the Dean of Faculty of Social More commitment is needed from parents and government to stem the worrying trend They are virtually everywhere: at street corners; behind residential homes; inside their school hostels, in front of highbrow hotels, bars, shops, restaurants and other public places. They are the new female hustlers who debase their womanhood without qualms. In the past, they restricted themselves to brothels or isolated public places, but today they are swarming the streets. If you look at their faces, they are mostly young girls, some of them from relatively comfortable homes who are within the age bracket of between 16 and 25. Many of them don’t even hustle out of need, it is sometimes out of greed or just for the fun of it. But this decadence should worry all of us as we strive to build a new society that will protect the dignity of our women. The questions are: How did we get to this sorry state? How come that every evening especially on weekends, young girls who ought to be in their respective parents’ houses are shamelessly parading the major streets of Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Ibadan and other cities hawking their bodies to any willing buyer? Why has sex become the fad among many students of our institutions of higher learning? Where lies the future of these young ladies of easy virtues? The worrisome aspect is organised inter-state sex-trafficking. These days a lot of young Nigerian girls are being trafficked from one state of the federation to the other just for sex. A research carried out by Sympathy Worldwide Foundation, a non-governmental organisation fighting sex slavery and child trafficking, reveals that most of these young girls were trafficked to Lagos with some big promises of greener pasture. But as the promises become unfulfilled, the girls take to the street to use the same means to help themselves. Outside Nigeria it is even more lamentable. The various reports indicate that the largest group of prostitutes from Sub-Saharan Africa is from Nigeria. According to a recent United States Department of State report, out of the 2,500 minors engaged in full-time prostitution in the streets of Italy, 2,300 are minors from Albanian and Nigeria. Italy has become the capital of Nigerian prostitutes. It is said that four out of every prostitute seen in any Italian street is a Nigerian. Something definitely has to be done about this unsavoury situation that destroys not only our image as a nation but the future of those involved. Apart from Italy, Nigerian prostitutes have successfully invaded Spain, Germany, Belgium, Austria, United Kingdom and other countries. Nigerian prostitutes constitute the largest group in Norway. There are over 400 under-aged Nigerian prostitutes in the Netherlands. Majority of these prostitutes are recruited through the human trafficking industry. Most of the victims are unsuspecting young girls who are enticed with promises of good jobs only to be coerced into prostitution abroad. We therefore call on government at all levels, anti-prostitution NGOs, parents, Churches, Mosques, the police and all relevant stakeholders to take concrete steps in putting an immediate end to child prostitution. Persons trading in prostitution or keeping brothels should be prosecuted according to the law. Men patronising, defiling or seducing our young girls should be brought to justice. The relevant authorities should intensify their spirited campaigns against prostitution. Since poverty and unemployment are the major causes of prostitution, government should stop paying lip service to tackling poverty and unemployment which have forced many into the illicit trade. Finally, the family institution needs to be re-invigorated. If parents were at home performing their parental responsibilities their daughters would probably not have taken to the street. Nigeria possesses an enviable rich cultural heritage which includes living a chaste life and respect for the body. That is why all should join hands in tackling prostitution in our country.

August 19, 2013

Women groups back ICPC against sexual harassment

Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu


BENIN— WOMEN groups at the weekend declared support for plan by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to prosecute lecturers who sexually harass female students, with a call by the Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Prof. Agatha Eguavoen, on relevant authorities to include character-moulding related subjects in the country’s school curriculum from the primary schools. The women said introduction of such subjects would help build self-confidence and strong moral standing among female students. Eguavoen spoke during the inauguration of Campaign Against Sexual Harassment (CASH), anti-female harassment advocacy group championed by Dr Rosaline Okosun. Addressing a cross-section of female-child rights groups, including representatives of Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA), Committee for the Support of Dignity of Women, Society to Heighten Awareness of Women and Children Abuse (SOTHAWACA), Family Unit, Edo State Police Command, and National Association of Women in Academics (NAWAC), Eguavoen said the alarming cases of female students harassment has made the call “very apt”. “It is unavoidable we input character reformation in school curriculum, it is a long process, but it has become imperative that we build (moral) it into our school curriculum at the early stage. We broached the idea during the time of former Minister of Information, Prof. Dora Akunyili’s, rebranding campaign, but it is never too late with the way things are going in our country. This has to be with support from parents, many of whom we discovered give their children wrong socialisation and moral mind-set from the home,” the don added.

August 14, 2013

Women groups raise alarm over sexual harassment in varsities



BENIN— FEMALE-child rights groups in Edo State, yesterday, lamented what they described as disturbing cases of sexual harassment suffered by female students in Nigerian universities and polytechnics in the hands of lecturers. The groups advocated laws to check the problem they described as embarrassing. The Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Prof. Agatha Eguavoen, called on relevant authorities to include character-moulding subjects in the country’s school curriculum from the early stages. They noted that while the process of character reformation could take time to achieve, starting the process itself had become unavoidable. Speaking during the inauguration of Campaign Against Sexual Harassment in Benin, CASH, the Initiator, Dr. Rosaline Okosun, bemoaned the role of university lecturers in the upbringing of undergraduates, male and female, placed in their care. Dr. Okosun, in a paper she presented at the event, commended the role of the media in the fight against sexual harassment in Nigeria’s ivory towers, and accused lecturers of making lives unbearable for undergraduates, through unbearable demands.

July 17, 2013

AAWE advocates girl-child education for devt



BENIN—Association Against Women Export, AAWE, a non-governmental organisation, has called on parents and government at all levels to be committed to the education of women in the country. The NGO said such commitment would produce qualified and competent women that can serve alongside their male counterparts in every sector of the economy and governance in Nigeria. President and Founder of the association, Dr. Rosaline Okosun, spoke at the association’s 4th annual Character Counts Presentation, where 50 students were selected from the three senatorial zones of Edo State for special prize presentation and cash rewards. She urged parents to “work closely with teachers and school administrators, so that we can jointly mould, nurture and empower our daughters to become great future leaders of our society. “I am deeply humbled and delighted to celebrate the accomplishments, good character, good citizenship, responsibility, honesty and trustworthiness of 50 wonderful young students in our secondary schools in Edo State. “Nigeria needs women of virtue to assist the men in leading this country to greatness.” She said that the association would soon launch its Leadership and Mentoring Programme, LAMP, using four schools from Edo South for a start. She added that for tertiary institutions, the non-governmental organisation will launch the Campaign Against Sexual Harassment, CASH, of female students next month. - See more at:


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Saturday, 12 May 2012


Dr. Rosaline Etiti Okosun is an educator, human rights advocate and a sought-after speaker. She was the pioneer principal of the Federal Government College Staff School, Warri, Delta State and currently the President and Founder of the Association Against

Women Export (AAWE), a member of the Social Justice Committee and also an active member of the Catholic Women's League of St. Justin's Parish, Ontario, Canada. In this interview with BLESSING EKUM, she sheds light on the challenges of women in the Diaspora and other issues.


WAS there an aspect of your childhood that has prepared you for where you are today?
I was born in Ibadan, Oyo State and raised in Benin-City, Edo State. My parents moved to the old Mid-West Region (now Edo State) after the creation of our state. Growing up with my three younger brothers and parents was fun. We did everything together, played and fought just like other children. I was much of a tomboy

Growing up from my poor, humble background prepared me for all the challenges that I had gone through in life. Though we were poor, we were raised with core values that we still hold on to till date. Our parents taught us to believe in ourselves and be who we are and not any other person.

What motivated you into setting up the AAWE?
It was after my trip to Vienna in 1998, on my way back to Canada, I had a stopover in Rome as a result of flight cancellation by Alitalia. I was very bored in my hotel room, so I stepped out to the lobby to get some fresh air. To my great surprise, I saw a group of young, beautiful girls in the hotel lobby discussing in my own native language and I was shocked. Shocked, not because they were speaking my language, but what they were discussing. It was all about sex; how many men they slept with the previous night, how much they made, what they will do this night and what they will wear to entice their customers. I could no longer 'stomach' their conversation and I had to move closer to them and ask them if they had no other issues to discuss. They asked me who I was and that if I was new in town. I told them I was a guest in the hotel and I was on transit. They said, “no wonder.” I asked, “no wonder what?” There was no response from them for a while. One of them later told me that they are prostitutes that this is all they do for a living. She even went further to tell me that they are the sophisticated ones because their clients bring them to this type of hotel. They told me to visit Torino or Milan later that night and see what our sisters were up to.

I visited Torino before I left for Canada. What I saw blew my mind and that was what led to the birth of AAWE.

How has your experience been so far?
It has not been easy, but we are still campaigning against the exploitation of our young girls and women into modern day slavery.
We create awareness about human trafficking, educate pa-rents about what their children are doing in Europe, provide

scholarships for poor students in universities ($1,000 a year) provide micro-credit loans (N30,000-N100,000) to women to start their own businesses. We also identify high school students who are very well-behaved through their principals and teachers and give them AAWE Character Counts Award. This award includes a certificate, plaque and a cash donation of N5,000.

About twelve of our students have graduated from universities and we have provided micro-credit loans to over five hundred women. Eighty students have benefitted from our Character Counts Award since its inception in 2010.

We will be launching a new project in July called Campaign Against Sexual Harassment (CASH). This is as a result of the harassment some of our female students encounter in our university campuses.

You have been in the forefront on the fight for women empowerment. Given that Nigeria is largely a patriarchal society, can the fight for female emancipation be totally won?
Yes, the fight for female emancipation will be totally won someday, if not very soon. The different women's groups are working very hard to win the fight in the different areas (Governance, Education, Politics, and Business etc).

Women are the light of the world. You cannot light a lamp and put it under the bed, there will be darkness all around. Likewise, women are also the salt of the earth, without salt, the food will be tasteless. If women are not included in all decisions and laws of the country, it will be very hard for development to happen in that country. There is urgent need for higher percentage of women in governance, education, politics, business, health, etc

From the beginning, women have been exploited by men. Women are exploited economically, and in addition to being a worker-wife, she is also condemned to silence by her husband. These forms of exploitations and inequalities can be done away with only by establishing a new society, where men and women will enjoy equal rights. Thus, the status of women will improve only with the elimination of the system that exploits them. I pray and hope this will happen during my life-time.

What are the major challenges Nigerian women in the Diaspora face?
Most Nigerian women in Diaspora are faced with the problems of adaptation, as well as maintaining the cultural values they were raised with. These include pressures, tensions and stress that come with living in a new country and raising a family. Women shoulder most of these responsibilities. They struggle to be professional women, a wife and a mother to their children. These are very difficult tasks that Nigerian women are faced with in the Diaspora. It is not an easy task to raise children in Diaspora.

Most Nigerian parents are authoritarian. These parents were raised in the traditional ways of life. They are confused on raising and disciplining their children in a different culture without getting into trouble. These parents are faced with this huge challenge in determining the best ways to discipline their children due to experience and historical circumstances.

Given your years of stay abroad, would there have been a difference if you had grown up over there ?
If I had grown up abroad alone, I doubt if I would have achieved anything. There are too many temptations that distract teenagers.

I have seen some of our children whom we have lost in this so-called modern society.

The government decides how your child is being raised and once the children misbehave, they are thrown into jails, especially our black kids. May God give parents the wisdom and understanding to raise their children in Diaspora.

What was your culture shock experience like, that is your first month of living abroad? How did you manage it?
I did not experience any cultural shock when I first arrived US in the eighties. I did manage very well. I had a very good orientation before I left Nigeria.

I actually fled from Nigeria to Canada due to the oppression of the military juntas in 1990s. In Canada, I campaigned through public speaking at conferences educating my audience about the ills of the military juntas in Nigeria. I was also a broadcaster on Radio Kudirat (Freedom Radio), a clandestine radio station that opposed the dictatorship of General Sani Abacha in Nigeria, and exposed some of the atrocities of the government. My broadcast provided an alternative voice to the daily dose of government propaganda that dominated Nigeria's air-waves under the military regime.

If you could make a wish, what would it be?
That Nigeria will be a better and peaceful country for us all to live in. In addition, that our young girls and women will be free from sexual exploitation. Though tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood and sisterhood we stand.

What won't you be caught wearing?
I will not be caught wearing any outfit that will expose my body.

How do you relax?
I relax by trying out new recipes. I enjoy cooking. I love to cook.

'I Was Shocked Day I Met Nigerian Sex Workers In Italy'



AAWE empowers women

June 21, 2010
(Nigerian Observer)

BENIN CITY-The Association Against Women Export (AAWE) has given out Loan worth over N400, 000.00 to indigent women in Edo State to economically empower them.

Speaking on behalf of the founder of Association Against Women Export, Dr Rose Okosun, Mrs. Phillippa Akpata stated that the non-governmental organization was formed with the sole aim of helping women to realize their economic potentials.

She urged the beneficiaries of the loan to use the proceeds from the business to be set up by them to assist their children to get quality education, saying that as mothers and women, the education of their children especially the girl child is a grave responsibility that is bestowed on them.

The founder of the non-governmental organization pointed out further that the weapon to effectively combat the ugly trend of human trafficking which ultimately metamorphoses into prostitution in foreign lands is lack of formal education.

She challenged the mothers to pay adequate attention to the movements of their daughters and to be very close to them, pointing out that with such an intimate relationship between the mother and the child could yield positive result.

She disclosed further that unsuspecting young girls been lured into prostitution in Italy and other major cities of the world with a promise of lucrative jobs abroad.

Dr. Rose Okosun appealed to the women to put the loan into their existing business to shore up their capital base or to start off a new business all-together, advising against diverting the money into unproductive ventures.

She informed the beneficiaries of the loan that a monitoring team will from time to time visit their business to access their progress and advised them to keep to the terms of the agreement.

It was revealed at the forum that two previous beneficiaries of the loan programme whose stores were burnt at Agbado market have had their loan written-off by the founder of the Association, Dr Rose Okosun and a new loan given them.

Stories from London and region paint a frightening picture.
Human trafficking stuns audience

January 31, 2008
Jennifer O'Brien
Sun Media

They are sex trade workers who dance under duress or farm workers crammed onto farmhouse floors at night -- this region's illustration of human trafficking.

And their plight is a frightening picture, speakers at a University of Western Ontario conference said yesterday (Jan. 30).

"This is happening in London," said Patricia Howe of the London & Area Anti Trafficking Committee. "We are talking about extreme exploitation here... desperate people who are controlled by underground middlemen."

Speaking between presentations at UWO's Human Trafficking Spotlight, Howe would later take the stage and stun many with what the two-year-old committee has found.

Howe said she has met several exotic dancers from Eastern Europe with a similar tale.

"The story starts with poverty... and a recruiter shows up," she said.

Women may be told they will be stripping in Canada, but that they can return shortly, once they make money for their families.

Instead, handlers confiscate their passports and say they must "buy" them back at a ridiculous cost. They often are forced into prostitution, she said.

"Don't kid yourself," said Megan Walker, head of the London Abused Women Centre. "There are women in this community here under false pretenses."

Walker met a "handful" after a large police bust diverted sex trade workers to her agency for counselling.

"Some women who reported to us asked if we could help others get out of the industry," she said. The agency referred women to a lawyer and offered shelter and counselling.

The sex trade worker situation is one local example of international human trafficking, but not the only one, said Howe, who visited a barn in this region where Southeast Asian workers sleep 11 to a room on mattresses on a farmhouse floor. Some are paid $7 a day, she said.

"It's unliveable," she said. Another problem is, Canadian laws do not help most victims. "Canada does not offer protection.

But the case isn't simple for police agencies just getting familiar with fairly new human trafficking laws, said Marty Van Doren, a former RCMP officer, now the force's Human Trafficking Awareness co-ordinator.

Van Doren stressed police intentions to protect victims of human trafficking, and urged reporting such cases.

But Howe said advocates "hesitate to do so." Asked why police have a reputation for deporting the victims, Van Doren said, "It's not clear cut.

"It's touchy. Some people are here illegally and from a law enforcement perspective, that is a difficult situation."

Van Doren also showed compelling pictures of young child labourers overseas.

"If you are wearing counterfeit goods, like a (knockoff) Adidas shirt, know that they were probably made in a sweatshop in a Third World country," said Van Doren, imploring people to think about the social cost of what they buy.

Jennifer O'Brien is a Free Press multiculturalism reporter.

Group Berates NAPTIP Over Human Trafficking

Saturday, 25 December 2010 00:00 From Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu, Benin City? News - National

Guardian Newspaper


A NON-GOVERNMENTAL organization, Association Against Women Export (AAWE), yesterday criticized the National Agency on Prohibition and Trafficking on Human Persons and other related matters (NAPTIP) for not doing enough to check human trafficking and help in repatriating those already trafficked.

The association also implored the Benin monarch, Oba Erediuwa, to place a curse on those involved in human trafficking in the state, saying the crime is worse than kidnapping.

President of the organization, Mrs  Rosaline Okosun, stated this yesterday in Benin City when she met with beneficiaries of the activities of the association as part of activities to mark the association’s 10th anniversary.

She expressed worry over the number of Edo State girls languishing in Libya, Morocco and Italy, saying that serious steps need to be taken to check the activities of he perpetrators.? 
“NAPTIP doesn’t want collaboration and that is why we are working with other NGOs on ground to be able to do the work. The government agency is to get funding. If NAPTIP was working, they would have been in Libya, they would have been in Morocco to bring our girls back today and that is my challenge to them. I am challenging them to bring our girls back from Morocco and Libya.

“How long does it take? If the federal government is interested in our wellbeing, then they should support our project and bring the girls back home. I challenge NAPTIP to do that, they are a federal agency, they should do that. If a smaller organization like AAWE is doing this, they can do better by going to Libya and bring our girls home,” Okosun said.

She disclosed that the association has concluded plans to travel to Italy next February to bring back girls stranded in hospitals and different areas in Italy. “The moral values are what we are talking about, that is what we need to bring back to our society. Without that, no matter what we try to do, people will want to go to Europe. You can work harder and get happier back home rather than selling yourself. Some of these young girls do not know what they will face when they get there.

“Parents should also not be putting pressure on their children to go abroad to bring back money. Can you imagine a 10-year-old or 11-year-old girl sleeping with a man as old as her father or grand father ? It is painful when you hear the stories of these girls and that is the anger in me and other women that we said we must open this NGO.
“You know that there was a curse on kidnappers in Edo State and we are appealing to our father, the Oba of Benin to also place a curse on human traffickers in Edo State. If you are taking another man’s child to go and prostitute, there should be a curse on that person because what they are doing is modern day slavery,” she said.





Women group awards scholarships to