Commemorating World Day Against Human Trafficking
Caritas Nigeria Anti-Human Trafficking and Migration Desk provides National coordination for the Catholic Church in Nigeria. The program is aimed at combating human rights abuses, human trafficking and irregular migration.
Caritas Nigeria supported the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPCs) and other sister organizations in enlightenment campaigns; raising awareness and consciousness of people about the vices and dangers of Human Trafficking which is referred to as modern day slavery. On February 8th, 2015 the Church marked the World Anti-Human Trafficking Day the feast of St. Josephine Bahkita through enlightenment campaigns to create awareness of this vices in parishes across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory in Nigeria.
Also working with diocesan Caritas and sister agencies, the organization provided psychosocial and livelihoods support for trafficked victims as much as it could while also providing linkages to agencies that can provide more help for trafficked victims.
Working more on prevention, Caritas Nigeria has tried to reduce the vulnerability of young active adolescents and women in some of the Dioceses by starting up businesses or opening shops for skills acquired to enable them cater for their needs and that of their families thereby reducing the prevalence of falling prey to traffickers in those areas and ultimately reducing poverty which is acclaimed the root cause of human trafficking in Nigeria.