We have achieved remarkable successes in our work in eliminating the scourge of trafficking in Edo State. We have recorded significant achievements in rehabilitation and reintegration of returnees and the prosecution of traffickers. We have also gained notable progress in coordinating all stakeholders involved in the management of the migration process and related issues.
28 - charged to court (42 suspects involved currently awaiting judgement), 6 - ready for arraignment, 15 - transferred to other agencies
of Returnees received welfare packs
Diagnosis and laboratory tests were performed
Of returnees with medical challenges received proper medical care
Our research and programming provide a unique source of primary data on human trafficking in Edo State. We maintain a significant database of victim case data, which contains case records for all trafficked persons assisted by ETAHT. Through our AVRR, Advocacy and Investigation Units’ interventions, we routinely collect data on human trafficking, irregular migration and associated forms of exploitation in Edo State.
Most significantly, the database of ETAHT takes into consideration socio-cultural, political and economic root causes of human trafficking and irregular migration of Edo indigenes. Data includes information on returnees’ backgrounds, returnees’ experiences that may be associated with human trafficking, irregular migration or other exploitative practices during their journey to Europe.
We use different methods to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of our programmes on the rehabilitation and reintegration of returnees, some of which include:
All returnees must go through a verification process which includes a questionnaire with details of their current trade, job, experience, location etc before stipends are paid.
Frequent interactive sessions during our training programmes, where we enquire and follow through on the wellbeing of the returnees.
Regular meetings by the Chairperson with the female contingent to discuss their progress and further actions to implement.
Frequent counselling sessions with the returnees to attend to their psychosocial needs.
A major win for the task force was the signing into law of the Edo State Trafficking in Persons Prohibition Bill (2018).
The law has empowered ETAHT to investigate and prosecute suspected traffickers.
The new law provides an effective and comprehensive legal and institutional framework for the prohibition, prevention, detection, prosecution and punishment of human trafficking and related offences in Edo State.