The need to mitigate the increased rate of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants in Nigeria requires an effective utilization of social media tools among others. This is so because, as good as social media is, same has been used by traffickers to recruit and exploit victims. As the use of technology continues to increase, trafficking and smuggling of migrants facilitated by social media platforms will also continue unless something is done to leverage social media to engage young people, educate users and disrupt the activities of traffickers.
As part of the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria Project (A-TIPSOM) funded by the European Union, the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) is working towards supporting Nigerian agencies and organizations to utilize social media platforms in tackling human trafficking and smuggling of migrants.
On the 24th February 2021, FIIAPP hosted a Social Media Working Group Meeting with representatives from the social media units of A-TIPSOM project partners (National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Police Force and Network of CSOs Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour).
The meeting was organized to review and produce the first draft of Annual Social Media Wok Plan which will serve as a working document for all the partners.
With the Social Media Work Plan, all the partners will collaboratively utilize different social media platforms to educate Nigerians about human trafficking and smuggling of migrants through monthly social media campaigns.
Through this approach, millions of Nigerians across facebook, twitter and Instagram will be sensitized on the ills of human trafficking.
Joseph Osuigwe Chidiebere,
Consultant, Communication and Awareness Raising Officer