Combating Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking
Hundreds of Nigerian women and girls are trafficked each year into forcible prostitution. They are made to endure slave-like conditions in foreign countries , notably Italy, and the Middle East. WOCON is stepping up its efforts to expose and erradicate this abusive and illegal practice.
WOCON pioneered launching of the Campaign Against Trafficking in women at the Lagos City Hall on the 8th March ,1997.
Despite the fact that the incidents of trafficking in children in Nigeria had been going on as far back as the 60s, the public recognition and focus on the issue however heightened only since the mid 90s. The recent awareness of trafficking in Nigeria resulted from the publicity generated by the deportation of trafficked persons for prostitution to Europe and the Middle East, which started in 1994.
What is Trafficking?
Trafficking in persons means "The movement or transportation of a person from one place to another by any means and through fraud, deceit, coercion, deception, for forced labour or services, slavery, or practices similar to slavery or servitude"
Background Information on Trafficking
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