BY JOSEPHINE IGBINOVIA

The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Thursday, called for the enactment of stiffer laws for human traffickers.

According to her, this remains the only way the practice can be reduced to the barest minimum.

Adefulire, who lamented that the number of persons involved in the illicit trade had continued to increase due to absence of severe penalties, lamented that the menace was jeopardising the lives of innocent citizens and destroying their future.

The deputy governor spoke at the maiden conference on sex work, abuse and human trafficking organised by the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, in collaboration with a non-governmental organisation, the Lydia-Grace Foundation.

She noted that as government at all levels heightened the campaign against the trade and continued to provide adequate security at border posts and entry points, efforts must be made to ensure that perpetrators had refused to turn a new leaf, were made to face the music when caught.

Noting that the seminar was organised for women because research had shown that more women were involved in the business, Adefulire charged the womenfolk to resist the temptation of trafficking fellow women and young girls for sex and other illicit trades.

Chairman, Lydia-Grace Foundation, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, noted that the menace of human trafficking had neither ethnic nor racial or religious boundaries.

She pleaded with other state governments to emulate Lagos State by partnering with relevant bodies to ensure the sensitization and campaign were taken round the entire country.

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