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WOTCLEF takes anti-human trafficking campaign to schools

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Abuja, March 11, 2019 The Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) has taken its campaign against human trafficking and child labour to primary and secondary schools to enlighten young Nigerians.

Mrs Imabong Sanusi, Executive Director of WOTCLEF made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigerian on Monday in Abuja.

Sanusi said that the foundation was also reaching out to the young ones by creating anti-trafficking brigades in the  schools.

“We at WOTCLEF understand that enlightenment is key, and we understand that it is more effective to enlighten people when they are young and that informed our engagement with young ones in schools.

“We are setting up WOTCLEF anti-trafficking brigades in selected public and primary schools in Nigeria, starting from Abuja.

“Through that, our young children will be enlightened on the ills of human trafficking, how to detect potential traffickers and how to avoid being victims,’’ she said.

Sanusi said that, WOTCLEF was also collaborating with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to carry the anti-trafficking message to the grassroots.

“We also have this partnership with the NYSC scheme, through which the corps members help us to carry the message to the grassroots.

“This is particularly effective because corps members are usually posted to  all nooks and crannies of the country.

“We were able to reach 7000 of them in Abuja alone, and we were able to enlighten them on the ills of human trafficking,’’ she said.

She said that the foundation was able to reach more than 10,000 Nigerians through its various platforms in 2018, adding that it was poised to do more in 2019.

“In 2018, we were able to reach over 10,000 Nigerians with our campaigns, through the various platforms, and we intend to improve on that this year,’’ she said.

She advised Nigerians to heed the warnings and avoid irregular migrations, which could make them victims of human trafficking.

“We will continue to sensitise our people on the dangers of irregular migration and how it can result to human trafficking but there is little we can do if they refuse to heed.

“When victims are trafficked, they are usually kept in servitude  and it becomes easy for them to be exploited,’’ she said.

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Valentine: WOTCLEF takes campaign against rape to UniAbuja

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The Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) says it intends to take awareness on the ills of rape and mental health to the University of Abuja (Uniabuja) during the valentine season.

Mrs Imabong Sanusi, Executive Director of WOTCLEF, made this known in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja.

“We at WOTCLEF, will be partnering with other stakeholders to create awareness about rape and mental issues like depression amongst the youths at the University of Abuja,’’ she said.

Sanusi urged Nigerian youths to use the valentine season to show care and compassion to others rather than dwell in social vices.

“If people’s hearts are not broken; if people do not sexually molest minors; if people are not trafficked, then it is love,’’ she said

Sanusi said that valentine was a good season to show genuine love to other people, especially the vulnerable in society.

“Valentine symbolises love and the expression of love.  The colour blue is said to be for love but red is the colour worn on Feb. 14.

“If the day can go without orgies and revelry, but just about clean fun, it is okay.

“From the spiritual angle, the scriptures do not make mention of valentine but does of love. People should be encouraged to sincerely show and exhibit love to others.

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WOTCLEF calls for keen interest of parents to curb sexual abuse

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The Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) has advised parents and guardians to take keen interest in the movements and activities of their children to protect them against sexual abuse.

Mrs Imabong Sanusi, the Executive Director of the WOTCLEF, gave the advice in an interview with the The News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.

Sanusi said that the prevalence of such abuses across the country called for drastic measures by government and parents to check the menace.

“Parents should be wary of the prevalence of sexual abuse in the society and be aware that predators are on the prowl.

“They should take measures to protect their wards; they should listen to their children and wards, especially when they mention any abuse,’ she said.

She said that access to the internet and then attendant uncontrolled access to pornography were contributory factors.

“Access to the internet and unrestricted access by both youths and adults to pornography create dysfunctional society.

“Pornography is the new drug, and parents need to check activities of their children on the internet to avoid unnecessary temptation.

“Adults should also shun the temptation of pornography so that they would not be moved or tempted to sexually molest anybody,’ she said.

Sanusi called on religious leaders to also take up the challenge of eradicating the menace of sexual abuse.

She called the law enforcement agencies to ensure that victims got justice and appropriate sanctions against abusers.

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Trafficking: WOTCLEF alerts migrants on organ harvest

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Abuja, April 10, 2019 The Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) has alerted Nigerians on the rising cases of organ harvest in parts of the world.

Mrs Imabong Sanusi, the Executive Director of the foundation, issued the alert in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.

Sanusi advised young Nigerians to avoid irregular migration in order not to fall victims of human trafficking so that they will not fall prey of the organ harvest syndicate.

She enjoined migrants to also heed to the advices and guidance of the UN International Organisation for Migration (UN-IOM) on how to avoid falling prey of the effects of irregular migration.

According to her, UN-IOM is consistently advising migrants to go through legal processes before leaving their home countries in search of so-called greener pastures.

She noted that the UN-IOM is cautioning irregular migrants on the dangers of human organ harvest, slavery and sexual abuses, among others, in their quest for better life.

The executive director explained that victims of trafficking, apart from being exploited through forced labour and sexual purposes, also now risked being used for organ harvesting and ritual purposes.

“Human trafficking is evil and we can only stop it if we make an issue out of it and report suspicious movements to the authorities.

“Apart from forced labour and sexual exploitation, some Nigerians are now trafficked for organ harvesting, slave trade and for ritual purposes.

“Traffickers are wicked and callous; they make so much money by exploiting vulnerable women and children.

“We advise parents and guardians to show increased attention to the movements of their children and wards,’’ she said.

She said that human traffickers now came in form of fake travel agencies promising lucrative foreign jobs or scholarships to their victims.

She noted that there were varied costs attached to various body organs in parts of the world where the trade was prominent.

She urged parents and guardians to monitor the movements of their children and wards so that they do not fall victims.

“A lot of people were offered jobs in parts of Europe and the Middle East but up to now their family members cannot trace their whereabouts,” she said.

NNN recalls that the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee of the United Nations General Assembly had approved a draft resolution on combating trafficking in human organs in November 2018.

According to the committee report, members agreed that organ trafficking was becoming more relevant due to the increase in armed conflict and migration fluxes.

Meanwhile, the WOTCLEF executive director has assured that the foundation would continue to support victims of trafficking by rescuing, rehabilitating and reintegrating them into the society.

She said that the foundation had empowered 10,960 victims of trafficking since it was founded in 1999.

“We at WOTCLEF will continue to support the eradication of child trafficking and also extend support to rescued victims.

“We have what we call the `4 Rs’, which stand for Rescue, Receive, Rehabilitate and Reintegrate victims into society.

“Since inception in October 1999, the foundation has empowered and reintegrated 10,600 victims into the society,’’ she said.

NNN also recalls that WOTCLEF was founded on Oct. 29, 1999, by Mrs Titi Abubakar, wife of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

The UN-IOM is providing technical support services and advice concerning migration to governments and migrants, including internally displaced persons, refugees and migrant workers.

It started in 1951 as an international humanitarian organisation before it became an organ of the UN in September 2016.

The UN-IOM presented the National Migration Policy (NMP) to the Government of Nigeria on June 6, 2016, as a technical advisory working document.

The policy was adopted by the Federal Executive Council on 13 May 2015, through the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) upon presentation by IOM Chief of Mission in Nigeria, Ms Enira Krdzalic.

The NMP and its plan of action provide an appropriate legal framework for monitoring and regulating internal and international migration, proper collection and dissemination of migration data.

It also addresses issues relating to Diaspora mobilisation, border management, decent treatment of migrants, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), asylum seekers, and the role of civil society in migration management.

Krdzalic had called for institutional collaboration, coordination and the need to put in place a taskforce and machinery to increase awareness on the policy and engage more with the government for increased financial support towards the successful implementation of the policy action plan.

She urged the government to ensure wide dissemination of the policy, as well as build synergies with other relevant institutions to establish mechanisms for smooth implementation of the policy in Nigeria.

IOM is currently providing financial and technical support to NAPTIP, NCFRMI, NEMA and SEMAs as well as the Nigeria Immigration Service to achieve their goals.

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WOTCLEF cautions over new tactics of human trafficking

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Mrs Imabong Sanusi, the Executive Director of WOTCLEF,  gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.

Sanusi said that in spite the awareness by WOTCLEF and other relevant Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs),  human traffickers were still succeeding with their victims.

She identified sports, education, tourism among other channels being currently adopted by traffickers to lure their victims.

“It is regrettable that, inspite all the efforts by WOTCLEF and other relevant NGOs in the areas of awareness creation and sensitisation, some Nigerians still fall victims of human trafficking.

“This is because, apart from the gullibility of some people, the traffickers now upgrade their criminal act in order to make it difficult for them to be detected.

“Trafficking now comes in varied forms, like education trafficking, tourism trafficking, medical trafficking, sports trafficking, and several others, just to confuse their victims.

“Nevertheless, we have determined to continue to create awareness and sensitisation about the different shades of the scourge, to bring it to the fore and to reduce its negative impacts on our societies,’’ she said.

Sanusi said it was normal for human beings to migrate, but warned them  to ensure that such migrations were lawful.  

“Migration makes sense and good when it is regular, meanwhile, if it entails going through the Sahara desert and the Atlantic Ocean, it becomes irregular migration and should raise suspicion.

“Most victims of human trafficking usually set out for Europe, but when the coast is not clear, they become trapped and stranded in African countries like Libya, Mali and Burkina Faso.

“Human trafficking and irregular migration go together,’’ she said.

“WOTCLEF has an open shelter in Abuja where victims of human trafficking are received and rehabilitated.

“We have what we call the “Four Rs,’’ which stand for Rescue, Receive, Rehabilitate and Reintegrate victims into society,’’ Sanusi said.

She said that WOTCLEF had empowered and reintegrated more than 10,000 victims since inception in 1999.

“Since inception in October 1999, WOTCLEF has been able to empower and reintegrated 10, 600 victims into the  society, ” Sanusi said.

 

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Trafficking: WOTCLEF urges parents to be vigilant, stop engaging children in labour

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Abuja,March 12, 2019 The Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) has advised parents to be vigilant and stop engaging their wards in child labour to prevent them from falling prey to human trafficking.

Mrs Imabong Sanusi, Executive Director of WOTCLEF, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.

Sanusi said that any engagement that would have negative effects on any aspect of the child’s development constituted abuse and should be avoided.

She recommended that children could only do “soft jobs” which would not affect their education, adding that, making children do hazardous jobs exposed them to avoidable risks and constituted abuse.

“Child labour affects the victim’s physical, psychological, emotional and academic development and parents should do all they can to protect their children and wards against it.

“ Children are meant to do soft jobs, which would help build them to be responsible adults, but when they are made to do hazardous jobs, it constitutes child labour and child abuse.

“Any engagement to make children miss out of school should be condemned because education is key, and basic education is a necessity for every child,’’ she said.

According to her, most victims of abuse and child labour are female children.

She urged parents to take particular care of their female children and protect them against societal dangers.

“ It is regrettable that most victims of child labour and the vulnerabilities that come with it are female children.

“When a girl child is made to hawk on the highway, for instance, the dangers are enormous’ she could be raped or even abducted for exploitation.

“ Parents should endeavor to give their female children equal educational opportunities as the males to protect them against such avoidable risks,” she told NNN.

The WOTCLEF executive director also advised Nigerian youths to shun irregular migration which could lead their being trafficked and exploited.

“Our youths should avoid any form of migration or foreign travel that is irregular because that is the way human traffickers move their victims around.

“ Human trafficking comes with shades of exploitation; it could be sexual exploitation, forced labour or organ harvest.

“Whatever it is, it puts the victim in a situation of servitude, and that is dehumanising,” she said.

NNN reports that WOTCLEF is a Non-Governmental Organisation formed by Mrs Titi Abubakar, wife of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, to fight for the eradication of child labour and human trafficking in Nigeria.

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WOTCLEF advocates more sensitisation in rural areas to fight human trafficking

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Abuja, Aug.11, 2018 An NGO, Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF), has called for more sensitisation in the rural areas to completely wage war against human trafficking in the country.

The Executive Director of WOTCLEF, Mrs Imabong Ladipo-Sanusi, made the call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Abuja.

Ladipo-Sanusi said that if the war against human trafficking must be won, hence there was need to intensify campaigns in the rural areas where the act was also being perpetuated.

She said that those in the vanguards to fight human trafficking, must be all over places until the menace was completely wiped out.

According to her, rural areas are also being sensitised by other sister NGOs in the different geo-political zones through traditional and religious institutions.

The executive director noted that WOTCLEF, through its NYSC partnership with the Youth Corps, had taken the fight to the rural areas.

She said that efforts needed to be increased for aggressive campaign to combat human trafficking.

Ladipo-Sanusi said that activities of human traffickers would affect the future of the young generation if not well tackled.

She said that victims were exploited for various purposes including, but not limited to labour, domestic, hazardous, organ harvest, sexual exploitation, debts bondage, and sales of children or baby factories.

“Having lost their civic, social, legal and economic rights, it is obvious that rehabilitation and safe reintegration of victims remain key.

“How painful, bleak and traumatic it is when victims are children, you will not understand until you ask what will become of the future of little Miss X, who was taken away from her mother at a tender age.

“Used for domestic labour under a slave-like condition by the woman of the house, while the man of the house manipulates her as his sex toy,” she said.

Ladipo-Sanusi narrated and quoted the ordeals of one of the victims, “each time I am doing the chores in the house, he picks me up and violates me sexually.”

The director said that the little girl victim was only rescued at the age of eight after a traumatic six years experience.

“Today, she is nine and cannot just wave off the ordeal as she sometimes longs to see her mother whom the female trafficker claims is nowhere to be found`,” she said.

Ladipo-Sanusi said that there were lots of children and adult victims of human trafficking in their shelters with different traumatic experiences.

She added that the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic In Persons (NAPTIP) and all relevant NGOs must work together to eliminate human trafficking.

Edited by: Fatima Sule/Olagoke Olatoye
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Lockdown: NAPTIP records over 30 cases of violence – DG

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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), on Friday, said that it recorded over 30 cases of human violence during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, Director-General of the agency, stated this at the donation of palliatives to partners who are taking care of the human trafficking victims and orphanages.

According to Okah-Donli, investigation are ongoing on some of the cases and will be followed to conclusion to ensure that justice is done.

“Sodoming is one of the disturbing issue, the last one we got is a father who raped his four-year-old daughter and was caught by the wife, we have other disturbing cases like that,” she said.

On palliatives, Okah-Donli said that the donation was to support the vulnerable, who are in the care of the agency’s partners to cushion the effect of the lockdown.

She said that palliatives were also donated to the agency by the Federal Capital Territorial Administration (FCTA).

”Those that benefited from the palliatives are orphanages and private shelters in the FCT such as Daughters of Abraham, Damsel of his glory and Mother Theresa orphanage.

”Others are Rachael home, Mican Shelter, Okenethin Foundation and Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) respectively,” she said.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Emabong Sanusi, Executive Director, WOTCLEF, appreciated the donation, saying that it came at the time when the people needed it.

Sanusi said that some vulnerable at the shelter and orphanages have been denied education, recreational activities, freedom of movement and infringement on their lives.

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Get Rich Quick Syndrome: Psychologist tasks parents on proper child upbringing

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A Psychologist,  Mrs Imabong Sanusi says   parents need to take steps to bring up their children properly to curb the “get rich quick” syndrome amongst the youths.

Sanusi, who is also the Executive Director of Women Trafficking and Child Labour Foundation (WOTCLEF), made the call in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Abuja.

She said that the quest for fast, undeserved wealth drove some youths to commit crimes including fraud and rituals.

He urged parents to wake up to their responsibilities of imbibing the right values in their children.

“Crimes are attractive to some youths because of lack of value, parental failure, dysfunctional homes and peer pressure.

“Marriage is not for boys and girls so, let people be responsible, more so, let parents wake up to their responsibilities by imbibing good values and morals on their children and wards, ” she advised.

Sanusi  said that religious bodies and other social groups also had important roles to play in raising Nigerian youths to be responsible.

“The religious bodies have a lot to do. The media, educational institutions and the Clergy all have influences and can change their attitudes for the better.’’

She advised parents to bear the number of children that they can cater for, while urging government to make basic education accessible to all Nigerian children as a means of empowerment.

“We should know that things are hard everywhere but people should bear the number of children they can cater for.

“Family economic empowerment is key. Parents should be good examples to their children.

“Government should ensure that quality, basic education is accessible to all and must be free,” she said.

NAN reports that the issue of crimes, ranging from advance fee fraud and money rituals has become prevalent amongst Nigerian youths in recent times.

The Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been inundated by increasing number of youths who are attracted by the allure of fraud and other financial crimes in spite of the commission’s efforts at checking them.

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Prevalence of suicide: Psychologist tasks govt., parents on proper upbringing

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A Psychologist and Para-Social Worker, Mrs Imabong Sanusi, has urged government and parents to make concerted efforts to curb the rising cases of suicide among Nigerian youths in recent times.

She said that suicide, which is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death, is usually caused by mental issues and hopelessness which can be tackled if parents pay proper attention to children’s

wellbeing.

On May 4, a 22-year old lady, Kenile Nwauzor, reportedly committed suicide by consuming sniper, an insecticide, leaving a note that she was troubled by protracted disagreement with her boyfriend.

Around the same period, Uzaka Ebeweri, a 300-level medical student of Niger Delta University in Bayelsa, drowned in a river for failing in examination and was asked to withdraw from the course.

There was also the case of Chukwuemeka Akacha, a final year English student of University of Nigeria, Nsuka and 17-year-old Amos Ibrahim in Jos, Plateau.

Both of them reportedly took their own lives for different reasons.

The WOTCLEFF boss, therefore, explained that mental disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, anxiety are some of the risk factors.

She, however, said that some suicides were impulsive acts due to stress from financial difficulties, bullying and troubled relationships.

She added that the idea of using material acquisition as yardstick to measure success was a major factor to the spate of suicide in the country.

She said “suicide is a mental thing, for one to take his or her life is a big question we should ruminate over. It is hopelessness.

“Most of the times, it is all about life and unrealistic expectations. Mental issues can surface at mid life circle and quarter life circle.

“Using material acquisitions as yardstick to measure success or failure of an individual is also a major factor that can result to depression and eventually, suicide.”

Sanusi said that the near collapse of value system, materialistic messages from varied platforms, as well as the kinds of company people kept, could also cause suicide.

She advised families to be vigilant, while government should take steps to provide structures that would help people with mental challenges.

She added that “the collapse of our value systems is an issue; the types of materialistic messages from various platforms, including the pulpit, is killing.

“At the family levels, talking and sharing are important. We might not all be professionals but situations and experiences can be red flag.

“There is the need for structures where people can go for professional help when they have mental health issues, and they should be free, or at least, affordable.

“Steps should be taken to empower and connect mental health patients to normalcy because mental health issues are about disconnection and the lack of empowerment.”

The psychologist advised government to take steps toward controlling tools and substances that could be used for suicide, as well as mass education and sensitisation of Nigerians against the act.

She said “the ways by which suicide could be committed should be noted; people drink poison, burn themselves, stab themselves, jump from structures like lifts and rails, run into vehicles, jump into aquatic bodies to execute the act.

“Government should, therefore, take steps to control such platforms. For instance, since people jump into water, let there be enough barricade.

“There should be messages to warn people against suicide, such as `before you take your life, talk to someone.”

Some stakeholders also suggested ways to tackle the issue of suicide.

They told NAN in separate interviews that the issue of depression should be taken seriously, noting that many parents in the country do not see it as something to bother about, but it is a phenomenon worth serious attention.

Mrs Ufedo Alfred, a housewife and mother of four, said depression was real and prevalent, even among adults.

She said that depression could start from upbringing when a child felt not loved, and

advised parents to take time out to understand their children.

Alfred said “depression is everywhere, even among adults.

“It usually starts with the upbringing of a child, being conservative and not feeling loved.

“Parents need to take out time to understand their children’s emotion and how to help them to manage it at all times.”

Another parent, Mr Peter Amos, advised parents to make themselves easily accessible to their children always, saying “when parents make themselves accessible, children will always feel free to discuss their problems and take advice they give them.

“Love can kill depression; most youths that are not properly taken care of become addicted to social media where they get funny ideas on how to kill depression, which could include suicide,’’ he warned.

He advised parents to be cautious of the language they use to communicate with their children, and to avoid quarrelling in the presence of their children.

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