Human trafficking victims in and around Kaduna state have received skills acquisition training in different fields. This empowerment program was organized by the Prisons Rehabilitation and welfare action (PRAWA) in Kaduna State and neighboring states.
The executive director of the PRAWA in Kaduna State, Dr. Uju Agomoh said that the aim of the group is to “to ensure that the issue of human trafficking in Nigeria is put under control and to also create awareness about the danger of human trafficking among Nigerians.
Dr. Agomoh when speaking to the press at the end of the empowerment program for human trafficking victims said that five Nigerian states had been identified as the most endemic states. these states are Kaduna, Kano, Ogun, Edo and Anambra state.
NAPTIP 2013 data report analysis shows that the mentioned states are prevalent to human trafficking and that is why we focus more on those states to empower and educate people about the adopted methods of the traffickers, she explained.
Dr. Agomoh explained that “some of the identified factors responsible for human trafficking include: poverty, unemployment, lack of education on the issue of human trafficking, among others.
One of the beneficiaries of the empowerment program spoke to news correspondents at the end of the program. the beneficiary, Aisha Mohammed is a 20-year-old woman who narrated her experience before her encounter with PRAWA
“Due to the poverty of my parents, I was forced to move to Kano to stay with my uncle. My uncle promised to help me further my education and he tried his best. However, he used to travel to Port-Harcourt frequently for work. After a few months while my uncle was away on business, his wife stopped my school activities,” she narrated.
She explained that this made her resort to street hawking and this job exposed her to so many things such as drinking, clubbing smoking and following men around. She expressed her gratitude to the organizers of the empowerment program as they have helped her turn her life around.
“I am very happy with my life now because with the empowerment program that I went through under the supervision of PRAWA and NAPTIP, I am now an independent person and I can also empower others in the future.