Wednesday 18th October 2017 marks Anti-Slavery Day in the UK, an opportunity for us to highlight the issue that is Modern Day Slavery.
AFRUCA are pleased to be involved with an event to discuss the impact of Modern Day Slavery from Nigeria.
Nigeria is the fourth largest source of human trafficking to the UK, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that around 80 per cent of girls arriving to Europe from Nigeria through irregular migration are potential victims of trafficking. In July 2016, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced that £5 million from the UK’s Modern Slavery Fund would be allocated to building the capacity of Nigerian law enforcement to prevent trafficking and provide protection for survivors. In September 2017, a further £7 million support was announced to help tackle the root causes of trafficking from Nigeria to Europe.
Nigerians are consistently one of the largest identified national groups of people trafficked in the world. 243 Nigerians were identified in the UK in 2016 as potential victims of human trafficking and women are twice as likely as men to be trafficked from Nigeria, however, the number of individuals across the board being identified is increasing.
Children, men and women are all at risk from human trafficking and members of the public, as well as practitioners and professionals should all be encouraged to work together to combat this horrendous crime and make it something that belongs in history books, rather than in 2017.
A panel event on this important date will see diaspora community leaders and anti-trafficking experts discussing policy options to reduce the drivers of trafficking, methods to raise awareness amongst would-be victims and the perpetrators of the consequences of modern slavery, and needed improvements in protection and recovery responses for victims.
People Trafficking From Nigeria to the UK: Tackling Root Causes and Protecting Victims
Speakers at the event will be:
Kevin Hyland, UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
Debbie Ariyo OBE, Founder and Chief Executive, Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCA)
Sarah Di Giglio, Senior Policy and Project Officer, Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Councillor Olu Babatola, Mayor, Royal Borough of Greenwich (2016-17)
Kate Osamor MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Nigeria
Portcullis House, UK Houses of Parliament
This event is being held in collaboration with APPG Nigeria.
Note to Editors: AFRUCA is the primary charity working to protect and promote the rights of African children in the UK, and provides a place for African children and young people who have been trafficked to access vital services in a culturally appropriate and aware environment. Our work has seen us work with almost 400 victims over the past 8 years. We provide tailored individual support, with a focus on practical, emotional and advocacy needs. Our peer and group support group activities build confidence and develop relationships between young people affected by trafficking, in a safe and supportive environment. Our specialised psychotherapist works to support their mental health needs and recovery. AFRUCA is actively engaged in a number of key policy and advocacy platforms, with NGOs, government and statutory agencies.
For further information, please see our website at www.afruca.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office on 020 7704 2261