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By Anthony Njie — Nkumu Fed-Fed, a human rights body fighting against modern day human trafficking in Cameroon is poised to flush out this multifaceted ill-practice in Cameroon.

This determination was voiced by its National Vice-President, Beatrice Titanji on November 12, during a seminar on trafficking in persons jointly organised by the Prime Minister’s Office and US-based NGO, Vital Voices in Buea. The workshop brought together some state officials, other human rights bodies and some members of the public to tackle this ever-changing phenomenon, while creating awareness among the masses.

Titanji observed that the incident has taken a new twist today as appalling social relations have become a routine, almost 13 years after Nkumu Fed-Fed began the fight against human trafficking and maltreatment. “At the time we started, we talked of child trafficking and focused more on the girl child, but soon realised that there was more to it than just the girl child as trafficking includes girls, boys, women and even men,” she stated.

She reproved degrading wages allocated to some jobbers and the pack-horse treatment some masters give to their servants, qualifying it as “modern day slavery.” Pointing out that the victims are mostly HIV-AIDS infected orphans and the poor, Titanji asserted that this year marks the beginning of a crack-down on “the perpetrators of this hideous and heinous crime.”

Meanwhile, Nkumu Fed-Fed, in collaboration with International Labour Organisation, ILO, has provided shelter and accommodation to victims of this malpractice through a rehabilitation centre offering skill acquisition programmes that facilitate their social reinsertion and integration. The success of these programmes, Titanji held, has led to the creation of Microfinance Assistance, a cooperative vested with the mission to grant funds “for the sustenance and support to the victim’s newly acquired skills.”

With such deeds being increasingly affected, the institution appealed to the Governor, the judiciary, civil society, the forces of law and order, to contribute respectively to freeing several victims suffering in many homes in the Southwest Region and across the country. The Governor was represented at the seminar by his Secretary General, Clement Fon Ndikum, while the Prime Minister’s Office was represented by Mme Ebonge.

First published in The Post print edition no 01480

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