Regional workshop on trafficking in persons

From the 6th to the 8th of December 2016, this Embassy took part in a regional workshop on trafficking in persons organized in Lomé by the French Embassy in Togo.

This meeting brought together multidisciplinary teams from Togo, Benin, Cameroon, Ghana as well as observers from Ivory Coast. The Nigerian delegation included representatives from civil society, ECOWAS and NAPTIP (« National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons »).

This occurred within the scope of a regional project aiming to support the fight against human trafficking in the Gulf of Guinea, funded by the French Cooperation. This project focuses on the strengthening of national capacities (in particular the legal system and civil society organizations), exchange of best practices and common actions between the beneficiaries as well as the consolidation of regional cooperation.
Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. It is considered the third largest criminal industry, after arms and drug trafficking, and generates an estimated annual revenue of 32 billions euros every year. It is estimated that more than 2,5 millions people are currently exploited all over the world, experiencing strong violation of their rights. The most common form of human trafficking is sexual exploitation, but there are other forms such as slave labor, domestic servitude or organ trafficking.

Since the launch of the project, more than 65 activities have been implemented. This seminar was intended to strengthen the efforts of stakeholders as regards the protection of victims. This event was an opportunity for various actors to exchange ideas, good practices and experiences and to discuss how to reinforce regional mechanisms.

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All participants in front of ONOMO hotel, in Lomé
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Participants during a work session
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Participants during a work session
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Roll-up banner to introduce the work shop

Dernière modification : 31/01/2017

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