A Nigerian anti-trafficking activist, Barrister Ochuko Joy Agbeyegbe has called for greater cooperation between the State and traditional institutions as well as between Nations in order to effectively prosecute the crusade against human trafficking.
Recall in an earlier post brought news of her invitation to US for a conference on Human Trafficking.
She made this known while speaking at the 15th Annual Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference at the University of Toledo in the United States of America (USA).
Presenting a paper titled ‘Finding a Voice, from Africa to Europe, the effect of voodoo secrecy oath sworn by victims of sex trafficking. She explained that 90% of Nigerian girls trafficked for sexual exploitation were first made to take secrecy oath. That the secrecy oath forbids the victims from ever reporting her madam to the police and to complete repayment of her debts.
“In the desperate bid to escape poverty these girls fall victims to the malicious schemes of mischievous individuals and their accomplices who subject them to all manners of fetishism in order to conceal their deeds and ensure profitable returns on their evil investments.
Barrister joy also commended the recent effort by the Oba of Benin to combat human trafficking in Edo state. Informing the esteemed audience of how the monarch invited all voodoo priests to his palace earlier this year and placed curse on traffickers and their collaborators.
The purpose of the Conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners in an effort to lay the groundwork for future collaborative research, advocacy and program development.
This year the conference welcomed presenters and attendees from 34 states within the US and 25 countries around the world. There were three speakers from Nigeria, Ochuko Joy Agbeyegbe, Joseph Osuigwe and Maureen Eke a Nigerian professor at University of Michigan.