By Aderogba George
Roost Foundation, a counter-trafficking, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) campaign group, on Saturday, urged transporters to shun human trafficking.
The Executive Chairman of the Foundation, Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, and former NAPTIP Director- General, made the call at a sensitisation programme at the Jabi motor park, Abuja.
Okah-Donli stated that some victims of trafficking had testified that transporters were involved in trafficking, and that there was the need to sensitise them on the implication.
“We know that human trafficking is transportation of victims from one place to another, over the seas and other means of transportation.
“Now, these transporters are the ones who take the victims from one place to another, sometimes they are aware and sometimes they are ignorant about it, because they don’t even have an idea.
“With the coming of COVID, a lot of victims are waybill, they are loaded into vehicles and delivered to someone else in another motor park.
“A lot of trafficking is going on in the motor parks, and we need to sensitise the drivers, they need to know about indicators of trafficking, know the signs,” she said.
Okah-Donli, who is also the United Nations Chairperson in charge of funds meant trafficked victims, called on transporters to report any incident of trafficking they encountered, to the appropriate authorities.
According to her, the fight against the menace was a fight that must involve the whole of society, if we are to eradicate the menace.
She said that the foundation would also be moving to airline transportation, to sensitise them, when it was done with road transporters.
Okah-Donli added that the foundation would also keep on sensitising the public, particularly the transporters, until they understood the language and signs used by traffickers.
Transporters must realise that they are partners in progress and that they must work with the foundation and the government to end the scourge, she said (NAN)