EU SUPPORTS THE TRAINING OF NAPTIP, NIS, POLICE AND CSOS ON THE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA TO TACKLE HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Traffickers often groom and control their victims through online platforms. Recruiting victims online is generally much less risky than recruiting victims in person. Sometimes when victims are recruited through social media sites, they never even meet their traffickers as a person.

As part of The Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria Project (A-TIPSOM) which is funded by European Union, the International and Ibero American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP) will on 26th and 27th May 2021 organize a-2-day Social Media Training in Owerri Imo State, to build the capacity of social media handlers of key partners/beneficiaries on utilizing Facebook, Youtube and Graphic Design as tools to fighting human trafficking.

The training was organized for social media handlers of the key beneficiaries: National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), and Network of CSOs Against Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL) drawn from FCT, Sokoto, Osun, Lagos, Plateau and Imo State.

While addressing the media, the Team Leader of A-TIPSOM Project, Mr. Rafael Rios Molina, who was represented by the Technical Advisor on Communication & Awareness, Mr. Joseph Chidiebere Osuigwe said, “the training is organized to build the capacity of participants how to use Facebook and YouTube to effectively do awareness on human trafficking and smuggling of migrants”. According to him, the training will enable participants to leverage social media in disrupting the activities of traffickers.

This Workshop is an EU External Action Funded Project under the 11th EDF Project titled “Action against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM)” and implemented by FIIAPP

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