ABUJA SEPTEMBER 2, 2016 (CISA) – Caritas Internationalis has organized an International Conference in Abuja, Nigeria to raise awareness about the problem, give hope and combat human trafficking in Africa.
The Conference to be held September 5 – 7, intends to create stronger links between concerned parties, promote joint actions and share best practices of combating trafficking and slavery, reported Fides.
“The conference will provide an opportunity to promote dialogue and cooperation between key stakeholders such as Faith-Based Organisations International and regional organisations, law enforcement and other NGOs,” Caritas Internationalis said in a statement.
The meeting is also aimed at offering assistance and giving hope to victims, as well as advocating for the implementation of anti-trafficking conventions and legislations in order to speak out with one voice against human trafficking in Africa.
“Participants at the conference will share practices on cooperation and challenges and identify common strategies for prevention regarding: the trafficking of children, Labour exploitation and sexual exploitation, trafficking in the maritime industry and trafficking in emergency situations,” said Caritas.
According to Caritas Internationalis, 60 million people were either refugees or forcibly displaced in 2015. In Africa thousands of adults and children are being forced to flee conflict, poverty and persecution and are particularly susceptible to traffickers.
“Driven by a desperate need to survive and desire to build a better life, they are particularly vulnerable to both sexual and labour exploitation,” said Caritas Internationalis.
The conference is organized by Caritas Internationalis (within the network against trafficking, COATNET) and the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, with the participation of Caritas Nigeria is expected to bring together both Church and state officials.
Caritas is currently working on trafficking projects in Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Mali with plans for another project in Senegal.