Cooperation between the Italian government and its Nigerian counterpart at curbing the menace of human trafficking is paying off.
This was made known by the spokesperson for the project â€” Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking of Young Women and Children from Nigeria to Italy â€” Ms. Vittoria Luda di Cortemiglia.
According to the Programme Officer, the project which started in March 2008 has enjoyed massive support especially in Edo State where victims and potential victims of human trafficking are now being engaged in meaningful endeavours.
He words: â€œWith the combined efforts of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) working in conjunction with the Nigerian Agency for the Prohibition of Human Trafficking (NAPTIP) and six other NGOs, it has created a system which has succeeded in engaging these young women who should otherwise have been craving to travel to Europe and other places for the so-called greener pastures that may not be there.
â€œIt is very interesting to note that much more attention is being paid on women and children across the world of today and Nigeria has also keyed into the system to benefit its citizens. We set up a micro credit system which has supported several young women who were deported from Italy and other European countries, intercepted at the borders while trying to emigrate.
They have been supported to set up fashion designing workshops, hair dressing salons and restaurants and so on. Some of them are even going back to school while others are studying how to be proficient in computers,” she said.