INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR REMEMBRANCE OF VICTIMS OF SLAVERY AND TRANSLANTIC SLAVE TRADE
The memories of slavery may seem a thing of the past but the dubvious and wicked act itself still is very much a thing of the present .
Slavery is of a different form in these modern times- it is a subtle loss of freedom through exploitation.
Described as the worst violation of human rights in history, there were 40.3 million people in modern day slavery in 2016, including 24.9 million in forced labour and 15.4 million in forced marriage according to the 2018 Global Slavery Index.
Human trafficking is a global problem, it is an endemic social problem and every year, thousands of people are trafficked in their own countries and abroad. The trafficking of persons for the purpose of domestic servitude, prostitution and other forms of exploitative labour is a widespread phenomenon globally and in Nigeria particularly.
In Africa, Nigeria is the largest single source of trafficked persons of Europe and Asia and in 2003, the National Agency for the Provision of Traffic In Persons (NAPTIP) was established in order to curb the meance of human trafficking.
The International Day for the Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade is commemorated every 25th March and honours and remembers those who suffered and died as a consequence of transatlantic slave trade in which more than 15million men, women and children were victims. More importantly, the day helps to raise awareness to the younger generation about the dangers of racism and prejudice.
This year’s theme is “Remember Slavery: The Power of the Arts for Justice” and aims to recognize the importance of art in confronting slavery, to raise awareness of the struggles and to empower those affected by it.
On the Morning Crossfire with Wemimo (@wemimospot), Dapo (@abanjo) and Adeniyi, we looked at all the issues pertaining to this salient issue.
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