The Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq has said that girls and young women are usually the primary targets of traffickers and some of the impacts on the victims include, unwanted pregnancies, loss of education, loss of childhood, and loss of economic opportunities, which often culminating in life-threatening diseases and death.
She made this known at the virtual event on Thursday in Abuja, to commemorate the World Day Against Human Trafficking themed HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC: LEARNING CURVE, the Minister said Federal Government remains committed to eradicating the deplorable phenomenon of trafficking in persons.
According to her, “COVID-19 pandemic is putting the world under enormous strain and as has directly or indirectly destabilized the lives of everyone. Traffickers are adjusting their business models to the ‘new normal’ created by the pandemic, especially through communication technology. Social media is being used as a platform for horrendous transactions with people as the commodity”, she said.
She added that increasing social and economic inequalities are among the root causes of human trafficking in the country. “The FG is responding to this through several interventions designed to help Nigerians as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Today is a day set aside annually by the United Nations to raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and sue for the promotion and protection of their rights. The effects of human trafficking are far-reaching and often devastating When victims are trafficked, they are enslaved, abused physically mentally, and/or made into sex slaves”, she said.