As part of efforts geared towards the protection of women and girls in the state and improving access through the passage of the Violence against Persons Prohibition Bill, AfA in partnership with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Imo state, with support from the United Nations Trust Fund held a press conference recently in the state.
In attendance were members from the civil society organizations, Ministries, Departments, Agencies, National Human Rights, FIDA, Coordinator ISCEVAWG, and members of the press.
The briefing was to draw the attention of state and non-state actors to the rising incidences of human trafficking and baby factories as a form of violence against women and girls. Imo State ranked high as one of the states in Nigeria, with the highest prevalence of child trafficking and baby factory.
The intervention follows the documentation carried out by AfA and the Imo State Committee on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (ISCEVAWG) with a recording of more than 200 cases of sexual and gender-based violence consisting of rape, defilement of minors, and baby factory. Between 2020 and 2021, roughly 55 cases of human trafficking involving 49 survivors from Imo state had been recorded and accessed by the agency’s zonal command based in Enugu state.