Nigeria: Close to 50 trafficked girls rescued this year – RIB

By Jean de Dieu Nsabimana

With the increasing uptake of technology in the country, new crimes are emerging and the sophistication with which they are committed is on the rise.

Among these crimes is human trafficking.

Amidst this, Rwanda Investigations Bureau (RIB) has called on parents to constantly engage their children about dangers of human trafficking and to not fall in traps that hundreds of youths have already fallen into.

According to Colonel Jeannot Ruhunga, the Secretary General of RIB, most of the victims are hoodwinked into believing that they are going for high-paying jobs and end up into slavery.

He was addressing residents of Rwamagana on Tuesday as part of the ongoing Justice Week.

This year alone, he said, the bureau counts 49 human trafficking victims, all girls, repatriated to Rwanda from different countries.

“Girls had been to different countries, especially in Gulf States such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia while others were from neighbouring countries, including Uganda,” he said.

The victims are duped into believing they would get lucrative jobs and end up in slavery instead, Ruhunga said.

This year, government has already helped 20 human trafficking victims back to the country from Kuwait, five from Saudi Arabia and “more than ten” from Uganda.

“All of them had left the country thinking that they would get good life. But these are lies they are fed by unscrupulous individuals who are part of the racket,” he said.

Many of the victims leave without the consent of their families and drop out of school and when they get to their destination, these middlemen confiscate their travel documents.

They then end up being sold into forced labour, slavery, or prostitution.

“In some cases, they are killed and dismembered and organs such as kidneys, liver, heart, and so on are removed,” he said.

He blamed the increase in the vice to technology where it has become easy to pick conversation with a complete stranger through social media platforms.

“One person sits here and communicates with somebody in China, who sends them fake pictures, promises them miracles, send them ticket, the girl or boy jumps at what they believe is an opportunity,” he said.

According to Ruhunga, the majority of public have not been sensitised about the vice but with partner institutions, they will step up the sensitisation.

Major actions have already been taken, he said, including increasing vigilance by border security personnel.

“Most of them are returned home after being stopped at the airport before they depart, because they have failed to give necessary explanations,” Ruhunga declared.

“She or he says ‘I am going to Cameroon,’ who do you know there?’Nobody,’ they say. Where exactly are you heading? They do not know. And then they eventually show you a number, and they say, ‘this person is my friend’. Where do you know them? ‘We talk often’, have you seen them? The answer is in most cases no,” he narrates.

In such case, the person is returned right away.

Then these people are linked with those that returned to educate them on the dangers of such journeys.

“They inform them how they fell in such trap and the consequences they faced,” he noted.

According to officials, there is an office in the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion that has responsibility to link these people.

The Justice Week runs from March 18-22, intends to raise awareness about such emerging crimes as human trafficking and cybercrimes.

Source The New Times

World News: Qatar Pledges $50 Million to Create Jobs for The Arab Youth

Qatar has pledged $50 million to create jobs for young people in the Middle East at an Arab economic summit in Lebanon, local newspaper al-Sharq reported.

Finance Minister Ali al-Emadi made the announcement on Sunday during the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit (AESD).

Emadi said Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani would contribute a quarter of the $200 million Kuwaiti initiative aimed at “achieving a more secure and prosperous future for the Arab youth”.

Qatar’s ruler attended the summit, which has been marred by divisions over readmitting Syria to the Arab League.

Sheikh Tamim arrived shortly before the summit and left shortly after it began.

The Qatari Emir and the President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz were the only heads of state from the 22-member Arab League who attended the summit.

“We regret the absences of some brotherly kings and presidents who have their justified excuses,” Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun said in his opening speech, without elaborating.

On the emir’s visit, Dr. Ali Bakeer, a political analyst, told The New Arab: “I think it was a good opportunity to show support for the Lebanese state as most Arab Gulf countries were absent.”

“It is certainly a move that will increase Qatar’s influence and soft power again in Lebanon after it went down during the regional divergence with the Saudi and Iranian positions from the Arab revolutions”.

Lebanon had hoped the summit would boost its sinking economic credentials.

The AESD was formed in 2009 as an exclusively economic and development conference that tends to involve the private sector, including banks, chambers of commerce, industry and agriculture.

The agenda does not include the reconstruction of Syria, much of it ruined in nearly eight years of civil war.

Source Albawaba