NAPTIP Joins Forces With Wikipedia Editors To Subdue Human Traffickers

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The renewed Commitment to outsmart traffickers and crush the ignoble act of human trafficking and smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria has received a major boost following the resolve of members of the online Media Community to wade into the thriving despicable business with a view to making it less attractive.

The Group which comprises Wikimedia Contributors, Volunteer Editors and other literary personalities is determined to sanitize the media space mostly now that traffickers have resorted to online recruitment of victims with the  COVID-19 epidemic and the latest Russian – Ukraine war the veritable tools.

According to a statement by Adekoye Vincent of the Press and Public Relations Unit, NAPTIP, the consensus was reached at a 2 Day Capacity Building and Editation Workshop on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrant for Wikipedia Editors in Nigeria which held in Lagos.

The workshop is designed to secure the support and collaboration of Wikimedia Users in Nigeria in the renewed fight against human trafficking and smuggling of migrants through content generation, prompt dissemination of anti-human trafficking information, unsolicited media reports and analysis as well as giving prominence and visibility to issues of human trafficking.

Speaking at the opening session of the workshop organized by the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria (A-TIPSOM), the team lead for A-TIPSOM Project Nigeria, Rafael Rios Molina, reiterated the commitment of the Project towards eradication of the Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria noting that the meeting of the Wikimedia User Group was informed by the need to tackle the traffickers from various angles.

The A-TIPSOM Team Lead pledged to continue to partner with relevant Ministries, Department and Agencies in the Country in creating the desired awareness through deliberate sensitization programme and sustained advocacy.

In his goodwill message, the National President, Wikimedia Nigeria Users Group, Olaniyan Olusola, described human traffickers as enemies of the State that must be flushed out of the country through a collective efforts and increased advocacy.

He tasked participants on the need to initiate enlightenment articles and reports that will expose the tricks and trends of human trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants in the Country adding that Wikimedia Users should rise up to counter the unpleasant narratives of human trafficking in order to compliment the efforts of NAPTIP.

The highly commendable workshop had participants from the media desks of NAPTIP, Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Police Force including the National Public Relations Officers of NACTAL as well as over 50 Wikimedia Users drawn from the 8 States in Nigeria in attendance.

It is the first major convocation of Wikimedia Users towards the fight Against Human trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants in the Country




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