The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) recounted how a father reacted when his daughter refused the offer of being trafficked to Italy for prostitution.
According to NAPTIP, the angry father shut down his daughter’s hair salon shop.
NAPTIP director general, Dr. Fatima Wazir-Azi, disclosed this during a sensitization campaign and community dialogue against human trafficking in Idunmwuniye community, Edo state, in collaboration with the Oba of Benin taskforce on human trafficking.
Represented by Edo State NAPTIP Benin zonal commander, Bar. Nduka Nwanene, explained that the dialogue is aimed at finding solutions, creating and implementing action plans to address challenges related to human trafficking and unsafe migration practices prevalent in the communities in the state.
“The father (name withheld) called his daughter that he has concluded arrangement for her to go to Italy and make money for the family but she said no.”
“The father got annoyed and locked up her salon shop and threatened to disown her since she had refused to travel to make money for the family. Parents should stop forcing their children to embark on this dangerous journey because many lives have destroyed all in the name of making money for the family abroad.
“We are not saying people should not travel abroad, every body has a right to travel but you must travel safely and with the right documents so that you would not be exploited and forced into sex slavery, prostitution and force labour among others.”
She stated that the agency is collaborating with traditional institutions and communities because traffickers have shifted focus to communities while many people are not still aware of the danger inherent in human trafficking and irregular migration.