Cardinal in Abuja pleads for action to stamp out Human Trafficking.

New partnerships between Church, police, state and NGOs across Africa were advocated today by Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria as being key to addressing the “tragedy of rampant modern-day slavery and human trafficking.”

Cardinal Onaiyekan was speaking to the first Africa regional conference of the Santa Marta Group, set up four years ago to combat modern slavery as a result of initiatives by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Cardinal Onaiyeken told the conference, organised by Caritas Nigeria and JDPC, that the phenomenon of human trafficking needed to be put into the context of faster transport and communication, and globalisation. Nigeria, where the conference is taking place, is one country of origin. About eight in ten of trafficking victims from Nigeria come from one state alone, Edo.

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