Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign
Anti-human trafficking campaign is a strategic action to combat and prevent human trafficking and gender-based violence through sensitization, counseling and referral.
The anti-human trafficking campaign was later converted into an anti-human trafficking academy, known as The Academy for Prevention of Human Trafficking and Other Related Matters (TAPHOM), which focuses on training anti-human trafficking advocates and trainers to be at the forefront of combating human trafficking and gender-based violence.
The academy engages in advocacy, training, research, counseling, referral and publication. We train law enforcement, legal practitioners, journalists, educators, youth, medical professionals, media experts, students, survivors, and community volunteers as anti-human trafficking advocates and trainers.
Our trainers are empowered to organize anti-human trafficking campaigns and training in their various communities.
a. Educate at least 2000 people every year on how to combat human trafficking, gender-based violence and gender inequality.
b. Train 100 anti-human trafficking advocates and trainers yearly who will then sensitize at least 10,000 people directly through strategic actions like seminars, campaigns, training, talk shows; and 500,000 people indirectly through online campaign, and a TV/Radio campaign.
c. Reduce the incident of human trafficking through awareness and empowerment of vulnerable people.
d. Engage more companies, organizations, and individuals in the fight against human trafficking.
e. Strengthen policies against human trafficking.
f. Empower victims of human trafficking.
HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED
a. We have organized an empowerment programme for victims of forced prostitution at a women's rehabilitation centre.
On November, 2014, in commemoration of International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, we taught 1,900 students and teachers on how to combat human trafficking.
b. On 12th June 2015, we sensitized 150 market women on how to combat child labour. 250 religious members were trained on the role of religious groups in combating human trafficking. The anti-human trafficking campaign was converted to The Academy for Prevention of Human Trafficking through which we trained 92 people as advocates. Some of our advocates have organized step down training while others have reached out to thousands of vulnerable people. We also organized a Freedom Walk against Human Trafficking in commemoration of 2015 World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
More people in Nigeria are becoming aware of human trafficking through our campaigns, TV shows, and online publication.
Some of our innovative approaches include:
a. Training of anti-human trafficking advocates/trainers to sensitize vulnerable people in their communities and states. Some of our trained advocates are educators, youth, community volunteers, journalists, media experts, etc.
b. Publication: We published and distribute e-copies of anti-human trafficking toolkits to our beneficiaries.
c. Volunteerism: Our volunteers are empowered to observe & report suspected victims or offenders.
d. Partnership: We engage relevant agencies, such as the United Nation Office on Drug and Crimes, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons & National Human Right Commission, to inspire & motivate our trainees.
Our results/impact includes:
a. 1,900 vulnerable teenagers and women were trained on how to combat human trafficking. We received calls from four of our female participants on how they averted sexual abuse.
b. 70 victims of forced prostitution and former sex workers benefited from our empowerment programme.
c. On 2015 World Day Against Child Labour, 150 market women learnt how to prevent child labour.
d. 250 religious members trained on their role in combating human trafficking. Those who participated now educate other members on human trafficking.
e. 92 youth, educators, community volunteers, students, journalists, media experts, etc were trained as anti-human trafficking advocates, and most of them are creating awareness in their communities and states. Some of the advocates have reached out to more people through awareness and online campaign.
f. Thousands of people are becoming aware of human trafficking through our online publications, social media campaign, & TV newscast.
Some of our biggest challenges include:
1. Getting victims of human trafficking to publicly share their stories and advice with vulnerable girls: They feel insecure to appear in public to talk about human trafficking. We are yet to get victims to share their stories at human trafficking events.
2. Getting people, companies, organizations and institutions involved in the fight against human trafficking: The average person in Nigeria sees human trafficking as a thing of the past, and tends to overlook it. Some see it as an issue only government can solve, and others are not properly aware of it. Most companies and businesses don’t have an interest in supporting the fight against human trafficking.
Of course, funding is also one of the major challenges facing our anti-human trafficking campaign. However, through our consistency and persistence we have been able to change the mindset of so many Nigerians, wit some getting involved and supporting the campaign.
The campaign was indeed a great learning experience. Some of the lessons learn include:
1. People and companies don’t easily get involved in a cause at the beginning until they see it progress. A lot of people, agencies and organizations didn’t want to join/ support us at the early stage of the campaign, but as soon as we started recording success, some of them decided to get involve with our campaign.
Hence, we realized that most sponsors give support to organizations not just for what they plan to do, but because of what they have done in the past.
2. Awareness is one of the greatest ways to combat and prevent human trafficking. It can reduce the incident of human trafficking to a large extent.