Following CNN’s recent exclusive reporting on migrants being sold in Libya by smugglers, the CNN Freedom Project is looking at how migrants are falling victim to modern day slavery and human trafficking. Reports air on CNN International throughout this week looking from issues in origin countries to the perilous journey across the Mediterranean, and the fate that awaits them in the s*x trade or as labourers in destination countries.
A special hour-long panel discussion “CNN Freedom Project – Solutions to End Human Trafficking” will first air on CNN International at 2200 CET on 9th December. Hosted by Richard Quest and in collaboration with Link Campus University in Rome and the Essam and Dalal Obaid Foundation, the show brings together top government and human rights experts from Europe and Africa.
These experts – Gervais Appave, Special Policy Adviser to the Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM); Franco Frattini, Former Italian Foreign Minister; Julie Okah-Donli, Director-General of NAPTIP, Nigeria’s Anti-Trafficking Agency; and Joanna Rubinstein, President and CEO of World Childhood Foundation - look at the issues around identifying human trafficking survivors and dismantling the criminal operations lurking inside this international migration crisis. Guests such as Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and Sciences, also contribute to the debate.
According to Julie Okah-Donli, Director-General of NAPTIP, there is a potential collusion between enforcement Agents and the traffickers: “I can assure you that some of the law enforcement agents are part of the trafficking. They are settled by some of the trafficking gangs. And they are based in the destination countries. They work with them. They know exactly what is going on. They are part of it.” He said.
Speaking on potential solutions to curbing the trafficking, Okah-Donli stated: “Information sharing between the countries of origin, transit and destination. Most of the time we have a problem with truthful information, transparent information and full disclosure. When we give all the information that is required we do not get the reciprocal thing coming from the countries of destination. This trust is not there. We should have joint operations, we should have joint investigations. Mutual legal assistance. But all of this is missing.”
Full air times for “CNN Freedom Project – Solutions to End Human Trafficking” on CNN International:
Saturday 9 December – 2200 CET
Sunday 10 December – 0300 and 1200 CET
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