In alignment with the Talkam Against Trafficking in Persons objectives and to facilitate inter-state collaboration, Devatop Centre for Africa Development, under the SCALE Project, organized the Quarter 3 and 4 Experience Sharing for its trained Journalist Against Trafficking in Persons (JTIPs) and Community Champions across the three projects States: Delta, Sokoto & Enugu.
This initiative, which employs an approach of combining technology and traditional methods to combat trafficking in persons, was conducted to promote peer learning on best practices for countering trafficking in persons, to track success stories and share experiences, and to encourage more awareness and efforts towards citizens reporting on cases of Trafficking in Persons.
The experience-sharing sessions commenced with opening remarks by the Project Assistants for DEVATOP in their respective States, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and charging them to be on the lookout for new models deployed by Traffickers during this Yuletide and festive season.
Participants took turns expressing their delight and sharing recommendations on how challenges encountered during the project implementation could be addressed. One key highlight from the experience sharing discussions was the need for continuity in the advocacy and community engagement on countering trafficking in Persons. Furthermore, some challenges indicated were the poor survivor access and restrictions from carrying out advocacy visits to religious leaders and relevant stakeholders. Community Champions and J-TIPs recommended improved awareness commitment, enhanced victim access, and collaboration with social media influencers.
The experience-sharing sessions encouraged knowledge exchange among journalists and champions, fostering a collaborative approach to combat human trafficking. The discussions revealed challenges and proposed solutions that will contribute to the project’s sustainability and long-term impact.