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The protection of the fundamental human rights of the citizenry is enshrined in the nation's constitution. These rights are also in accord with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) adopted by the United Nations (UN) in 1948 which Nigeria has acceded to.

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Minister of Labour, Emeka Wogu

Allegations are mounting against recruitment agencies in the country for engaging in forced labour and human trafficking. Linda Eroke writes on the need for strict regulations and the promotion of recruitment practices that do not threaten the right of workers

The issue of forced labour and human trafficking has been a global concern in view of the fact that it constitutes fundamental violation of human rights and undermines the essence of our existence.

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The International Labour Organisation has said over half a million Nigerians are victims of forced labour.

The ILO Global Estimate of Forced Labour 2012 stated that three out of every 1,000 persons are in forced labour at any given point in time.

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Below, my colleague Isabella Bennett, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, offers an assessment of how to reduce human trafficking.
 
The latest estimates by the International Labor Organization state that nearly 21 million people are victims of forced labor—and a significant amount of this suffering is fueled by every day products available on American shelves.
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GENEVA (ILO News) - Visitors thronging London for the Olympics might come across huge, brightly coloured gift boxes that promise passers-by a better life, only to reveal the harsh realities of human trafficking on the inside.

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NATIONAL Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other related matters, NAPTIP, has secured a total of 168 convictions in the past nine years of operations, saying not less than 41 cases were currently pending at the Lagos zone.

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20 million victims of human trafficking

Saturday, 28 July 2012 16:37

MORE than 20 million people are victims of human trafficking, said the International Labour Organisation on Friday as it launched an awareness campaign coinciding with the London Olympics.

In the campaign, the ILO has set up brightly coloured large walk-in 'gift boxes' that promise passers-by a better life, only to reveal images on the realities of human trafficking in black and white on the inside.

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Pastor Matthew Cork of Friends Church in Yorba Linda, California.

Bangalore, India, Jul 15, 2012 / 05:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).-Even in contemporary culture, India's Dalits or “untouchables” face oppression and persecution akin to slavery, an American pastor involved in humanitarian work said.

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Zimbabwe: Senate Ratifies Protocol

Monday, 16 July 2012 16:47

SENATE has approved for ratification a United Nations protocol that seeks to prevent, suppress and punish human traffickers. Steering the protocol in the Upper House on Monday, Home Affairs co-Minister Theresa Makone said the policy sought to protect women and children who were subjected to trafficking due to economic hardships.

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Investigative journalism can "spark action" when it comes to helping end human trafficking, according to a recent United Nations report that examined CNN Freedom Project's "Factory Slaves" investigation

The U.N. Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) details how CNN senior international correspondent Dan Rivers and his colleagues uncovered bonded labor in Southeast Asia, where workers had been sent abroad, burdened with large debts and forced to work long hours for years at a time.

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