The Hibiscus Foundation UK last week at Eko Hotel, Lagos,launched a unique animated film that presents the shocking and inhuman horrors endured by victims of trafficking titled A Dangerous Journey.
The launch at Eko Hotel Lagos which was the first time ‘A Dangerous Journey’ would be screened before a Nigerian audience, was presented in partnership with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP).
The initiative according to the British embassy was supported by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) the British government department responsible for immigration and control of the country’s borders; as well as prominent Nigerian dignitaries, representatives from several European High Commissions and Embassies and government officials.
UKBA will regularly monitor the scheme and evaluate how successful it is in educating and deterring the young women who are most vulnerable to people-traffickers.
A Dangerous Journey was commissioned by Olga Heaven, founder of the Hibiscus Foundation as part of a new campaign which focuses on using the short animation to educate women and girls in Nigeria about the dangers of people-trafficking.
The animation is based on the true-life story of a young girl who fell victim to the techniques used by traffickers, whose ‘Dangerous Journey’ began when she accepted a free flight to the UK. Rather than freedom, she was locked up, instead of an education she was forced into prostitution and instead of a better life she ended up frightened and alone. She eventually managed to escape – most do not!