Sensitization of Alushi Community
Illushi is a farming and fishing community in Esan South East of Edo state, Nigeria where its children are usually sought after for domestic jobs in neighbouring towns and far away cities due to inability of their parents to cater for them.
This prompted a sensitization and awareness creation visit to the women group of the community to think first before sending their children to slavery in the name of fosterage or assistance.
The sensitization message centered on human trafficking and child labour with its antecedent effects. The talk which was done in pidgin language for their understanding took the following order:
What is Human Trafficking and Child Labour
Types of Human trafficking
Effect of Human Trafficking and Child Labour on the person and society at large.
Major routes of victims across border.
The way Forward:
Women groups to act as watchdog in the community, Women should desist from pressuring their female children to travel abroad in search of greener pastures, Women pay visits without notifying the homes their children are living to ascertain the type of maltreatment melted out on them, Women engage in more meaningful activities or trade that will help them cater for their children.
Women protect fellow women in society and disassociate themselves from associations or company which promote practices that dehumanize the dignity of women in society.
Women should preach the gospel of contentment to their children and dissuade them from searching for empty promises of a bright future outside Nigeria or even lure them into travelling.
If opportunities are available to travel, well informed choices be made to avoid falling prey to traffickers.
Families in rural areas desist from wealth celebrations and imbibe the concept of contentment.
The women welcomed the idea and thanked the desk officer for bringing this message to their door step as most of them were ignorant that their children could be prey to traffickers and abusers.