WOTCLEF Protests Against Child Labour, Trafficking

Women Trafficking and Child Labor Foundation (WOTCLEF)  gathered  last week at the Junior Secondary School (JSS) Nyanya, Abuja for an hour walk to protest against the trafficking of persons, especially young persons.

They were supported by the civil society organisations in the federal  Capital Territory , including the National Youth services Corps (NYSC).

They took the protest to the  Emir of Karu’s Palace from JSS, Nyanya  but this was not only exciting and entertaining but  was also inspiring and educative as most of the banners and placards carried by the protesters carried informative inscriptions like ;” Child abuse is a crime to humanity, Child marriage is unacceptable, stop it! I am priceless, kick out traffickers! Human trafficking is slavery, don’t be a victim. Child marriage is unacceptable, stop it.”

On getting to the Sakaruyi of Karu palace, the protesters, who were led by the WOTCLEF Coordinator, Mrs. Veronica Umaru, got the audience and reception of the Emir’s representative who was  glad and glad  to receive the gathering.

He thanked everybody for embarking on  peaceful protest to sensitize his community on the ills and torture that is attached to child trafficking. He recounted a scenario where   young girls  that are still in school comes round to the palace to sell foodstuff, only for him to learn later that the girl had been impregnated by some men who  took advantage of her situation.

Mr. Donatus Chidi, who represented the NAPTIP Boss, in his address, commended WOTCLEF for championing the anti-trafficking Bill that later gave birth to NAPTIP. He  informed his  audience that a bill  is awaiting the National Assembly  into Law.

Mrs. Veronica Umaru however  gave a brief history of WOTCLEF’s activities from inception, saying she was  fulfilled  to see that the trafficking preventive measures put in place are yielding results  especial with  establishment of NAPTIP,  which they have leverage on to ensure that child traffickers get  appropriate  punishments.

In an exclusive chat, Miss Delita Whitfield, a member of the WOTCLEF Board, when asked of her opinion on the relevance of such March against trafficking in persons, said that it is good and favorable to see that after so many years, there is now a progression from using largely older persons for such anti-trafficking walks to using predominantly school children who are more susceptible to be trafficked to spread the word of how dangerous and tortuous it is to traffic in young persons.

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