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The fight against human trafficking is an ongoing battle that requires not just awareness but substantial efforts to empower survivors and prevent further exploitation. The TALKAM Against Trafficking in Persons (TATIP) Project, which is implemented by DEVATOP in Delta, Enugu and Sokoto States with support from Palladium and USAID, seeks to use technology and traditional methods to counter trafficking in persons with a focus on prevention, protection, partnership, and prosecution.

As part of a broader strategy to combat trafficking and support survivors on their journey to recovery and reintegration into society, DEVATOP distributed start-up kits to beneficiaries of her skills training program in Delta and Enugu State on the 22nd and 26th of March, respectively. The purpose of the start-up kits distribution to these beneficiaries is to empower them economically by providing the means to establish sustainable livelihoods.

The start-up kit distribution event, attended by various stakeholders, including traditional rulers, representatives from the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), NACTAL, and the Nigerian Police, showcased the collaborative effort required to tackle human trafficking. In the goodwill remarks,  representatives from NACTAL and NATIP commended DEVATOP for its commitment and successful project implementation. They highlighted the positive impact in Delta and Enugu State, where community acceptance and active participation have strengthened the project’s effectiveness.

The testimonials from beneficiaries further illustrate the significant impact of the TALKAM Against Trafficking in Persons Project as Nwafor Chioma, a beneficiary of the tailoring training at Delta State, shared her journey from learning basic skills to mastering advanced designs. Similarly, Nnenna Igbo (PWD), a hairdressing trainee whose determination and talent have won her a loyal customer base, plans to expand her services and set up her own salon, showcasing how empowerment can break barriers and create opportunities. 

Distributing start-up kits goes beyond providing equipment; it signifies DEVATOP’s commitment to promoting self-sufficiency among survivors. By harnessing their skills and creativity, survivors can rebuild their lives and contribute meaningfully to their communities. The collaborative efforts of stakeholders, combined with the determination of beneficiaries, showcase the potential for meaningful change in the fight against human trafficking.