His excellency, Ambassador Carl Michael Grans the Swedish ambassador to Nigeria paid a courtesy visit to HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, OMO N’OBA N’EDO UKU AKPOLOKPOLOR, EWUARE II. To join forces together to fight against the problem of human trafficking and also highlight progress made so far.
A reporter from the Swedish television interviewed His Majesty by asking what inspired His interest in the fight against human trafficking and irregular migration and what measures has been put in place to tackle this menace.
His Majesty responded by narrating how must people who were victims of trafficking had the problem of seeking help because they were placed under a curse by their traffickers, taking an oath never to reveal what and who is responsible for this disastrous act. His Majesty said His first call of action was to first break the curse that these victims were subjected to so as to ensure that they are being helped properly and catered for.
“I noticed that some of the victims of human trafficking were scared to open up to us because of the oath they were compelled to take and if broken their lives will become miserable, and so as such I had to summon all the native doctors in the land and placed a curse on the perpetrators of this evil act and also set free the victims from any curse or sort of oath they’ve been placed under”
His Majesty went further to inform the Swedish media team on how in 2017 He established a foundation, The Oba Ewuare II foundation to properly carter for the victims of human trafficking and other anti-social vices and also raise an awareness on human trafficking.
The foundation which has a mandate of promoting the socio-economic development of Edo people through social intervention, education, economic empowerment and social welfare, have been able to tactfully approach this problem by sensitizing the public on the demerits of engaging in this act and also giving hope for a better tomorrow to the victims of human trafficking.
“We have trained over 500 youths and set up vocational jobs for over 137 of them, we also gave cash gift to some of the Libya returnees” – Ifueko Aideyan Okoro (Executive secretary of the foundation).
though the victims of human trafficking are predominantly Africans, His Royal Majesty believed that this problem has lingered on for so long because there’s a high patronage for African sex workers in the international sphere, He further explained saying
“When there’s no demand for a particular good there can never be a supply for that good, I believe this problem has lingered for this long because most of those who patronize these sex workers are mostly not Africans, so as we tackle this problem here in Benin we will also require the European authorities to also put hands on board in tackling the issue from their end.”
His Royal Majesty concluded by suggesting a collaboration the ROYAL PALACE TASK FORCE AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING; a collaboration between the Swedish embassy, The Oba Ewuare II foundation, National agency for the prohibition of trafficking in persons (NAPTIP) and the Edo State government, to help sensitize rural areas and also raise awareness on the issue of human trafficking and irregular migration, He admonished the Swedish ambassador, Ambassador Carl Michael Grans that for us to completely eradicate this menace we must all collaborate together and win the fight against human trafficking, the fight against human trafficking is not for the Bini’s alone we must all join resources and manpower together to win this fight.