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In 2003, the United Nations General Assembly, held a high-level meeting to appraise the global plan of action and designated July thirtieth every year, as the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
The day is aimed at raising awareness on the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.
Speaking on the significance of the day, the Executive Director Integrated Anti-Human Trafficking and Community Development Initiative, Miss Hope Okoye, described human trafficking as a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex.
She noted that human trafficking is a modern day slavery which affects every country of the world, with children making up almost a third of all human trafficking victims.
Contributing, a civil servant, Mr Umeadi Anigbogu, called on government to strengthen the institutions of social orientation as well as revive the economy noting that when the economy is revived, human trafficking will be reduced.
He further stressed the need for government to be more proactive in dealing with human trafficking by creating more awareness on the issue in addition to punishing those involved in the crime to serve as a deterrent to others.

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