The Advocacy programme with the African Faith and Justice Network Nigeria (AFJNN) took place in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria from 17th to 23rd of June, 2018. The five sisters from different congregations who were present at the event planned and mapped out activities for the one week advocacy visits to different stakeholders in the State on human trafficking, child abuse/neglect and capacity building.
Anti Human Trafficking
Our sisters in Nigeria participated in the activities of World Day against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July. They joined the entire Congregation and the whole world to express solidarity with all victims of human trafficking as part of the Congregation’s commitment for its abolition. Each community participated fully in different ways.
The anti-human trafficking team in the Nigerian Region organized two days workshop for the sisters in the Region. The purpose was to equip the sisters with more knowledge and skills in our commitment in combating human trafficking in our different ministries and environment.
As we grow in our understanding of the nature and scope of human trafficking we become more aware of its different aspects and are in a better position to challenge it on its various fronts. One aspect that is being better understood is the supply chains companies use for production of their goods.
Poverty, unemployment, corruption, and greed has increased the rate of human and organ trafficking in Nigeria. On 25th January, I gave a talk to Students of Good Shepherd Secondary School, Oyede, Delta State. The two hundred and seventy students were so curious to know more about the modern slavery of human trafficking.
The highlight of 2017 for our Inter-Congregational Anti-Human Trafficking Team was our meeting in Sydney Australia in October, 2017 for our biennial meeting with some of our colleagues. Those who attended the meeting are looking forward to working together during 2018 to continue to advocate and work for an end to Human Trafficking.
The Religious Sisters of Charity Inter-Congregational Anti-Human Trafficking team met in Sydney, from 15-28 October 2017. The following is a report of the meeting sent by Anne Kelleher, the Communications Person for APT Ireland- Act to Prevent Trafficking.
Sr. Gabriela Bottani, Comboni Sister is the co-ordinator of Talitha Kum, the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons.
In an article in Crux she describes how an encounter with a trafficked person had an impact on her at an early stage in her religious life. The encounter was a ‘moment of encounter with God that opened my eyes to the drama, the suffering of people like this girl and so many like her’.
Read about her work HERE.
This year the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has chosen ‘act to protect and assist trafficked persons’ as the focus of the World Day.
In the English/Scottish Province we are part of TRAC (Trafficking Raising Awareness and Campaigning) an independent inter-congregational group of Religious and their co-workers working, as their title reads, to raise awareness of human trafficking and to help bring about change in legislation to decriminalise those trafficked while criminalising the perpetrators.