PRESS RELEASE: HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in Mabushi village, Abuja ---Re: [16days_discussion] Nigeria Greatly Improves Its Human Trafficking Actions

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Charity for world hiv/aids is a charity and supportive organisation dedicated to combating the spread of Hiv/Aids in Nigeria, Africa and Globally.Our vision is to see a world were HIV/AIDS cease to be a treat, where people are aware of the risk of HIV and are prepared to take necessary precautions to promote safety. We are setting up a community development project to ensure an equitable approach in fight against HIV/AIDS within Abuja metropolis and environs. The community will be provided with an effective risk factors and possible ways to militate against HIV/AIDS.
We have successfully carried an awareness campaign in utako community tagged save utako village from hiv/aids. This took place on the 2nd of May 2009.The positive response of the villagers was amazing which portraits that a lot still need to be done in the fight against HIV/AIDS within our grassroot communities. 
With the high level of success recorded, we have decided to extend this campaign it to mabushi village here in Abuja. The campaign will target between 1000-1500 people which will be televised by NTA and other print media. The proposed date for the programme implementation is on the 27th of June 2009 by 10am @ Mabushi village. The programme is mainly to sensitise the community with the relevant information about HIV/AIDS that will protect them from contracting the virus and to provide support for those infected or affected by it as well as provide access for free HIV/AIDS counselling and testing.
On this note, we are inviting captain’s of industries, corporate organisations, religious bodies, well meaning individuals and the general public for this wonderful and all important event.Your Presence, Assistant and sponsorship towards the success of this programme will be much appreciated. If you require additional Information you reach me on +23408060278222, +23407029071799 or inforcharityforworldhiv/aids at, desulari at, vicky4real07 at
Osuji Kingsley c.
Programme/field coordinator

--- On Sat, 6/20/09, KATHLEEN SLOAN <kathleen.sloan at> wrote:

From: KATHLEEN SLOAN <kathleen.sloan at>
Subject: [16days_discussion] Nigeria Greatly Improves Its Human Trafficking Actions
To: 16days_discussion at
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2009, 9:48 AM

More from this year's recently released U.S. State Dept. Human Trafficking report.
Kathy Sloan

A stop sign for human trafficking
the Monitor's Editorial Board The Monitor's Editorial Board Fri Jun 19, 5:00 am ET 
It's not every day that the US government gives Nigeria a shout-out for a job well done. After all, the State Department labels this African nation's human rights record "poor" and its 2007 presidential election "seriously flawed."
But this week, the State Department praised Africa's most populous country for its progress in prosecuting human traffickers and helping their victims. "I can't talk about Nigeria enough," said Ambassador Luis Cde-Baca, who leads the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
In only five years, Nigeria has advanced from the State Department's human-trafficking "watch list" to its top tier of countries fully complying with standards to eliminate servitude.
That stands as proof that other countries and the world as a whole can do something about this scourge flourishing in the shadows. An estimated 12 million adults and children have been induced by force, fraud, or coercion to become prostitutes, miners, farmhands, domestics, sweatshop workers – mostly in the developing world.
In its ninth annual report on human trafficking, the State Department said this week that the economic crisis has made people more vulnerable to the false promises and trickery that can lead to enslavement. Of the 175 countries and territories it rated, the 2008 report put 52 of them on its watch list, up from 40 the year before – a 30 percent increase.
And yet, since 2000, more than half of all countries have enacted laws that ban human trafficking. Nongovernmental organizations are working more closely with law enforcement and that's leading to thousands of prosecutions. Last year, nearly 3,000 traffickers were convicted.
It's the law enforcement follow-through that counts most, and that's one reason why Nigeria moved into the top-tier rank. Over the last year, it investigated 209 trafficking cases resulting in 23 convictions – more than double the convictions from the year before. 
That number is small considering that 150 million people live in this West African country. Nigeria is a source and a destination for coerced labor. Boys are forced to work as street vendors and beggars, in stone quarries and as domestics. Women and girls are trafficked mostly for the commercial sex trade and as servants.
But Nigeria's anti-trafficking trajectory is moving in the right direction. The government is making a concerted effort to train law enforcement and cooperate internationally. Last year it helped in the arrest of 60 Nigerian trafficking suspects in Europe. It has increased funding for its anti-trafficking program and is assisting victims by working with NGOs to provide shelter, counseling, and vocational training. 
Nigeria's efforts are even more remarkable given what happened elsewhere on the continent. Of the seven countries demoted to the report's worst-performing category, six were from Africa (the seventh was Malaysia, where traffickers are exploiting migrants from Burma, or Myanmar). 
Mr. CdeBaca said several of these countries had stalled in their commitment to curb "hereditary slavery," in which a slave caste serves the same families, sometimes going back hundreds of years. He singled out the West African countries of Chad, Mauritania, and Niger.
Human trafficking occurs in every country, including the United States – which for the first time will be rated in next year's report. No doubt, it, too, can do more to stop this serious crime.
At the end of the day, it's not enough to pass laws banning human trafficking. Cases must be investigated, suspects prosecuted, and traffickers convicted. Nigeria has shown the political will to follow through. Other countries can, too.

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