Leadership (Abuja)

18 October 2013

Nigeria: Modern Slavery - Nigeria Rated Fourth in the World

In a new report made available to the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) by anti-slavery campaign groups, Walk Free Foundation, indicates that Nigeria is in fourth position in global modern slavery.

The Foundation, under the sponsorship of former U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair and Bill Gates, said that Nigeria has the highest number of its citizens on modern slavery in Africa, with an estimate of between 670,000 and 701,032 of its citizens in modern slavery.

The Foundation's report indicated that Mauritania, Haiti and Pakistan were among the first three nations in the world, while Ivory Coast and Gambia were among the top ten in the world.

Modern slavery, according to the Foundation, includes human trafficking, forced labour and slavery-related practices such as debt bondage, forced marriage and child exploitation.

"Victims of modern slavery have their freedom denied, and are used and controlled and exploited by another person for profit, sex or the thrill of domination," the Foundation said.

In his interview with BBC Hausa Service monitored by LEADERSHIP, spokesman of NAPTIP, Mr. Arinze Orakwue, said large numbers of women and children were still trafficked internally and to various part of the world.

Pointing out the causes of modern slavery, Arinze said it is an issue of economy collapse, poverty and lack of infrastructure.

When asked whether the report was not an indictment of NAPTIP poor level of work, Arinze said that will not be a fair assessment to the agency, as the eradication of modern slavery is a collective responsibility.

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