Notes to broadcasters
Human trafficking is a crime against humanity. It involves the act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harbouring or receiving a person for the purpose of exploiting them. Every year, thousands of peopleare trafficked within and outside their countries, which are either the site of crime, used as transit, or as a destination for victims.
Human trafficking often results in forced labour or prostitution of victims, who are frequently recruited from rural areas on false pretences and then exploited. Stopping trafficking will help maintain girls and women’s health and make them more productive in the community.
Human trafficking has become a problem that defies permanent solution in Nigeria and West Africa. Described as modern-day slavery, it is driven by greed, poverty and poor legislation, with the victims predominantly children, girls and women. The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other related matters in Nigeria (NAPTIP) has rescued and repatriated more than 5000 victims. Over 60 percent of these, mainly teenagers, tested HIV-positive because they engaged in the sex trade.
According to a US State Department Trafficking in Persons Report, “Nigeria is a source, transit, and destination country for women and children trafficked for the purposes of forced labour and commercial sexual exploitation.” The report continues, “Within Nigeria, women and girls are trafficked primarily for domestic servitude and commercial sexual exploitation.”
NAPTIP says there are slave camps populated by Nigerian girls in Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina-Faso, Niger, Libya, Morocco and Cape Verde.
This script is a drama based on actual interviews and true life stories. It can be used as an inspiration to research and write a script on a similar topic in your area. Or you might choose to produce this script on your station, using voice actors to represent the speakers. If so, please make sure to tell your audience at the beginning of the program that the voices are those of actors, not the original people involved in the interviews.
Johnbull: Rose’s father
Joe: Johnbull’s friend
Florence: a lady who was a victim of trafficking
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I hope that, like Rose, we will resist all kinds of vices, stick to our dreams and bring change wherever we are, in whatever way we can. Don’t forget – it pays to be a change maker.
If you have any questions on what you can do or where you can get help to stop human trafficking, or you want more information, send your mail to: The producer, Change Makers, info@email@example.com, or call 234-1-7030000203 or 234-1-8077225566. Until we bring you another edition of Change Makers, I am Mary Michael saying have a lovely week.
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- Contributed by: Ugonma Cokey, Voice of Nigeria, a Farm Radio International broadcasting partners
- Reviewed by: Busisiwe Ngcebetsha, Media and Training Centre for Health, Cape Town South Africa
- Interview with Mr. Godwin Morka, Senior Chief Research Officer, NAPTIP, June 16, 2010.
NAPTIP Newsletter, undated. Vacancy. Volume 1 Number 3.
- Adeze Ojuku. Nigeria/West Africa: Human Trafficking. Daily Champion News, Sept. 21, 2006. http://www.stopdemand.com/afawcs0112878/ID=180/newsdetails.html
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) website: http://www.unodc.org/
- Prof. Martin Patt. Human Trafficking & Modern-day Slavery. http://gvnet.com/humantrafficking/
- U.S. State Department, 2009. Trafficking in Persons Report.http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2009/