By Ajibola Abayomi,
July 16, 2019
Edo State Government has counseled students in the state to wary of being trafficked abroad for sexual exploitation urging them to report anyone trying to take advantage of them.
Solomon Okoduwa, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Anti Human Trafficking Issues spoke on during an advocacy against human trafficking and irregular migration at Samuel Ogbemudia College (formerly known as New Era College) on Monday in Benin City.
The SSA stated that that the state government would not fold its arms to allow the illegal activities to thrive in the state.
He said the government would beam its search light on colleges where human traffickers could harvest student to take advantage of their innocence.
“The Governor Obaseki led administration is interested in your future. And he wants you to fulfill your dreams. Therefore don’t listen to those telling you about traveling abroad. They could use your parents or even your pastors to convince you to embark on this perilous journey. The traffickers don’t care what you become in future but they want to use you to make money for themselves.”
“The traffickers or their agents make unrealistic promises to attract you. Every trafficker knows that if they tell you the truth you will not want to go, they rather make great promises. They tell your parents beautiful things. They tell you, you’ll work in supermarkets whereas it is prostitution they intend to introduce you into. They tell you, you will get to Europe in two days whereas they’re taking you through the Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea and eventually get to Europe after two months to two years as the case maybe.
“Many have been reportedly missing or dead while traveling through the unauthorized routes. Some of their (victims) organs including kidneys and other vital parts have been harvested in connivance with their sponsors. Many others are imprisoned. They only tell you success stories” said the SSA.
Okoduwa advised the students to rebuke and report parents and guardians or any other close relatives luring them to embark on a journey through the Mediterranean Sea and Sahara Desert to Libya to relevant authorities including their teachers.
He said many of the sponsors are already standing trial, assuring that they will be prosecuted accordingly.
Some of the students including Osarugue Isibor and Gift Ogbeide took turns to ask questions.
The Vice Principal of the college, Mrs. Veronica Obasuyi, said the sensitization exercise was a great blessing to the college. She thanked the state government for the advocacy saying the exercise has exposed the students to the dangers of human trafficking.
Chidi Nnajinwa popularly known as Chi-One’s anti human trafficking campaign song titled “SAY No To Illegal Migration” thrilled the students.