Trafficking Day: JIFORM demands more capacity building for journalists

By Ere-ebi Agedah

The International Journalists Forum for Migration (JIFORM) called for a review of strategies to include more capacity building and partnership with the media to combat human trafficking across the world.

In a statement signed by its President, Dr Ajibola Abayomi, on Human Trafficking Day 2022, he said that current realities in both developed and developing countries show that it was necessary to modify various strategies adopted to combat criminal acts.

Ajibola, argued that “arising from the theme for 2022 which is the use and abuse of technology, which primarily focuses on the fact that technology is a tool to proliferate human trafficking. We don’t need to debate the usual human trafficking statistics that now point to an increase in the number of human trafficking cases around the world. With the major paradigm shift to digital, the vulnerability of victims has increased.

“Stakeholders need to step up their efforts to engage and empower the media with adequate data and information rather than the usual repetition of the principles at different fora that usually ends up in just paper work.

However, he was quick to point out that “journalists must continue to play a frontline role in countering the recruitment, transfer, transport, harboring of people through the use of threats, means of force or to other forms of coercion, deception, kidnapping, fraud or fraud”. abuse of power. Forced labor services, slavery practices, sexual exploitation, among other forms combined, are what explain exploitation.

“Third world countries, especially Nigeria in Africa, must fight an impressive battle against human trafficking, led by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

“Make no mistake that human trafficking is a major headache only for Pakistan, Thailand, China, India and Bangladesh which are in the top 10 countries with the highest number of victims of trafficking worldwide. India tops the list with 14 million victims, China comes second with 3.2 million victims and Pakistan in third place with 2.1 million victims.

The President of JIFORM added that collaboration and a healthy interface with the media should be central in order to encourage continued reporting aimed at bringing justice to victims and bringing perpetrators to justice.

“In advancing the war against human trafficking, we must come to terms with the fact that ‘the perpetrators have found ways to be more organized and anonymous while committing this horrific violation.’ Therefore, journalists must redouble their efforts to tackle the crisis and raise awareness about safety and protection when navigating cyberspace and not being trafficked.

“We are so passionate about the war against human trafficking, which is why the topic is a major talking point at our various local and international events this year.

JIFORM, established in 2019, will host its third Global Migration Summit from October 1-10, 2022 in Toronto, Canada, in partnership with Abedorc Productions Inc Canada, while its first Intercontinental Migration Summit will be hosted by Medger Evers College. , City University, Brooklyn. , United States between November 2 and 4.

Jennifer C. Burleigh