The Justice Development and Peace Caritas Commission (JDPC), Archdiocese of Benin City, has warned youths on the dangers of irregular migration among other social vices. The assistant director of JDPC, Rev. Fr. Benedict Onwugbenu, gave the warning during a rally/sensitization campaign on anti-human trafficking and irregular migration, organised by the body in Benin City, Edo State.
Onwugbenu said: “It is in this light that the Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (Caritas Nigeria) in conjunction with JDPC, is carrying out a campaign on anti-human trafficking and safe migration in three local government areas of Edo – Esan North East, Estako West and Ikpoba-Okha.
Onwugbenu, who decried the alarming rate of irregular migration in Edo, said the state has been labeled as the most endemic source of human trafficking in Nigeria and as a result of this negative label, a number of international organizations and non-governmental organizations have intervened to combat human the menace.
He said despite these interventions, human trafficking is still rife in Edo, adding that political, economic, religious, social and cultural factors contribute to the difficulties in curbing human trafficking in the state. “To eradicate it, a joint effort between government, traditional leaders, religious institutions, NGOs and members of the public is needed,” Onwugbenu said.