World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, observed July 30, aims to raise awareness of this serious global problem. This year’s theme, “Use and Abuse of Technology,” focuses on the role of technology as a tool that can both enable and impede human trafficking.
The internet and digital platforms offer traffickers numerous tools to recruit, exploit, and control victims; organize their transport and accommodation; advertise victims and reach out to potential clients; communicate among perpetrators; and hide criminal proceeds – and all that with greater speed, cost-effectiveness and anonymity.
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 in 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) has been supporting Nigerian law enforcement agents such as National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Nigeria Police Force(NPF), including Civil Society Organizations, to leverage technology in tackling human trafficking. Through this supports, their capacity has been strengthened and technology equipment donated to them.
Also, as part of the activities to commemorate this year’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, FIIAPP has supported NAPTIP to:
- produce and premier a short film on organ trafficking which portrays the use of technology in tackling human trafficking. The film premiering of Pound of Heart which aired at Cinema on 27th July 2022 was attended by members of diplomatic missions, development partners, civil society organizations and private sectors.
- Host 5km anti-human trafficking awareness in Abuja on July 29, 2022 which was attended by over 400 stakeholders and citizens.
Speaking at these events, the Director-General of NAPTIP, Dr. Fatima Waziri Azi commended European Union and FIIAPP for always providing assistance.