Sr Florence Nwaonuma's address "A holistic support for victims of human trafficking"

10/04/2014 9:25 am

Sr Florence Nwaonuma, left, at the 'Combating Human Trafficking' Conference in Rome

Sr Florence Nwaonuma, a Sister of the Sacred Heart of Jesus from Nigeria, spoke to delegates at the 'Combating Human Trafficking' Conference in Rome about her work, as a religious sister, helping the victims of human trafficking to escape their exploiters and make a new life.

"Nigeria, like some other countries of the world, has been badly hit by trafficking in persons. Trafficking in persons has now become an embarrassing social problem to her with its youths drifting and wasting away in the abominable trade in the streets of Europe and elsewhere in the world. It is an affront to human dignity and our collective values as a people.

"Human trafficking is a global problem and its prominence in Nigeria is traceable to the nation’s economic down turn. The phenomenon seems to be common in Nigeria especially in Edo State. From available statistics out of every 10 Nigerian trafficking victims deported to Nigeria as high as 90% is likely to be indigenes of Edo State (Oseghale, 2001). However, I wish to state here that the menace of human trafficking is everywhere now in the country. Nigeria is a source, transit and destination country."

Full Address

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Sr Florence Nwaonuma

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Full speech given by Sr Florence Nwaonuma, SSH, Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Nigeria, given at the 'Combating Human Trafficking' conference in Rome. 10 April 2014.