By Gabriel Enogholase
benin city—FORMER First Lady of Edo State and founder of anti-human trafficking group, Idia Renaissance, Mrs Eki Igbinedion, has described trafficking in persons as a big societial problem insisting that many people under-estimated the magnitude of the menace when she started the campaign many years ago.
Mrs. Igbinedion spoke with journalists, weekend, in Benin, while meeting no fewer than 150 orphans drawn from some orphanage homes in Benin after marking the 4th anniversary of Kada cinema in the city.
She expressed confidence that the Task Force set up by Edo State government against human trafficking would deter traffickers from the illicit trade even as she said that more grounds still need to be covered by the state government in the fight against the social menace.
She said: “What is happening now is something we have always talked about when we were out there campaigning against human trafficking. People thought it was a joke and even today people still don’t believe that human trafficking is a huge society problem particularly in Edo State.
“Now people are seeing a lot of organization coming to join forces to fight and campaign against it. Now we are seeing our children, grandchildren becoming victims of human trafficking. I think that the task force set up by the government would help not just in creating awareness but also serve as deterrent to a lot of people who would be looking forward to patronizing human traffickers,” she said.
Speaking on the anniversary, the Managing Director , Kada Plaza Cinema and Entertainment, Trevor Pillay, explained that they decided to fete the less-privileged children as part of its corporate social responsibility.