As Nigeria joins the rest of world to observe World Day against trafficking today, the United Nations, UN, has said that at least 2.5 million people were still subjected to modern day slavery, and human trafficking across the globe.
The UN, which described this as a huge problem in the society, made it known in a press statement issued by its Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon yesterday to commemorate 2015 World day against human trafficking.
Ki-moon said that UN observed that men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers both in their own countries and abroad.
“Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. Slavery, in both its ancient and modern forms, is not only shameful, it is as the abolitionist John Wesley said, the execrable sum of all villainies and has no place in our world,” said Ki-moon
He urged every country to join together to overcome this transnational threat by supporting and protecting victims while pursuing and prosecuting the criminals.
“On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, let us resolve to act as one in the name of justice and dignity for all,” he advised.
Nigerian Pilot Newspapers gathered that in 2010, the General Assembly adopted the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, urging governments worldwide to take coordinated and consistent measures to defeat this scourge.
The Plan called for integrating the fight against human trafficking into the UN’s broader programmes, in order to boost development and strengthen security worldwide. One of the crucial provisions in the Plan was the establishment of a UN Voluntary Trust Fund for victims of trafficking, especially women and children.

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