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ETAHT Wraps Up Its 4-Year Tenure

BENIN CITY- EDO STATE- The Edo State Taskforce Against Human Trafficking (ETAHT), which was inaugurated on August 15, 2017 by the Governor of Edo State, H.E. Godwin Obaseki, to combat human trafficking in the State, is wrapping up its four-year tenure this month (August 2021). To mark the occasion, its chairperson, Professor Yinka Omorogbe, held a stakeholders’ meeting on August 11, 2021, at which time the ETAHT released a summary report highlighting its successes, challenges and opportunities. Stakeholders were also invited to share their experiences and recommendations to chart a way forward.

The successes highlighted by the ETAHT included:

It is undisputed that under the leadership of Professor Omorogbe the efforts of the ETAHT served to reduce the exceptionally high figures for human trafficking originating from Edo State.  These efforts have been acknowledged in data from the European Union and in the US State Department’s 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report.

It is noteworthy that the successes recorded by the ETAHT have inspired Delta, Ondo and Lagos States to set up their own taskforces to combat human trafficking, headed by their respective Attorneys Generals.

Pathfinders congratulates the ETAHT on its efforts!

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