Edo state vows to end human trafficking by 2020
The Edo state government says it is committed to ending all forms of human trafficking emanating from the state, and as such has projected the year 2020 as the year when it would completely eradicate the menace.
The state is known as a trafficking hub, where indigenes mostly ladies are ferried to Europe under false pretenses to become sex workers.
Giving the assurance in Benin the state capital, the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on human trafficking and illegal migration Mr Solomon Okoduwa said going by the signing of the Anti-human trafficking law, by the Governor in Abuja last week, he (Governor Obaseki) has also charged that the menace be reduced by 50% by the end of 2018.
“It is a warning that the traffickers and the management of traffickers, when caught, would be made to face the music according to the dictate of the law.
“We will see that the law works and work to the later. The governor has made it abundantly clear that there will be no mercy to whoever is caught going against the law.
“This law will also strengthen the task force to adequately deal with the menace of human trafficking,” he said.
He said the mandate was very clear and achievable as the state government remain on course towards the realization.