The Federal Government of Nigeria has promised to do all within its power to end the trafficking of young vulnerable Nigerians by criminal elements to Europe for sex slavery and other illicit activities.
This is even as the British Government and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) pledged to continue to lend their support to Nigeria in combating the menace.
Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola made this known at an event held at the British High Commission to commemorate the 2021 International Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
Aregbesola, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Shuaib Belgore described trafficking in persons as modern-day slavery which the government will strive to root out.
He commended the British Government and the IOM for the support and collaborations which they have rendered in such regard over the years.
“Today being the International Day Against Trafficking in Persons, we do appreciate the deep relationship we have both historically and culturally as well as familiar ties between the UK and Nigeria and the collaboration we are having in other fields including the field that seeks to fight trafficking in persons.
“Trafficking in Person is a scourge; it is a compendium of denied opportunities going up to as far as modern-day slavery.
“It is a challenge and a scourge that has to be fought and brought to a standstill.
“The government of Nigeria is determined in this effort and all our agencies and partners will continue to work hand in hand to find how to conquer this scourge,” he said.
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