Human Trafficking: A Modern-Day Form of Slavery -By Arc. Aliyu Tanimu

Human trafficking is the illegal trade of people for the purpose of forced labor, sexual exploitation, or organ harvesting. It is a modern-day form of slavery that affects millions of people around the world.

There are many different forms of human trafficking, but some of the most common include:

Forced labor: Traffickers force victims to work in dangerous, exploitative conditions, often for little or no pay.
Sexual exploitation: Traffickers force victims into prostitution or other forms of sexual exploitation.

Organ harvesting: Traffickers kidnap or coerce victims to donate their organs, often without their consent.
Human trafficking is a serious crime that has devastating consequences for victims. Trafficked people are often subjected to physical and psychological abuse, and they may be denied food, water, and medical care. They may also be exposed to violence and diseases.

In Nigeria, human trafficking is a major problem. In 2019, the Nigerian government reported that over 10,000 people had been rescued from human trafficking. However, experts believe that the actual number of victims is much higher.

One of the most high-profile cases of human trafficking in Nigeria involved a senator who was arrested for allegedly trafficking a boy to harvest his kidney for his daughter. The former senator was eventually convicted and sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison.
The government of Nigeria has taken some steps to address the problem of human trafficking. In 2015, the government passed the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law, which criminalizes human trafficking and provides for the protection of victims. However, more needs to be done to combat this crime.

The government must increase law enforcement efforts to crack down on traffickers. It must also provide more support for victims of human trafficking, including shelter, medical care, and counseling.

The public also has a role to play in combating human trafficking. We can all be more aware of the signs of human trafficking and report suspected cases to the authorities. We can also support organizations that are working to fight this crime.

Human trafficking is a serious problem, but it is one that can be solved. By working together, we can bring traffickers to justice and protect victims of this crime.

Here are some additional resources on human trafficking:

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime:

International Labour Organization:–en/index.htm

Anti-Slavery International:
Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

Arc. Aliyu Tanimu
Social media handle: @IamAliyu_Tee
Number: +23470333993

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