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Slave Trade: FG launches ‘Not for Sale’ campaign

President Muhammadu Buhari says the nation’s anti-trafficking agency has rolled out the “Not for Sale” campaign to protect against the deceptions of human smugglers across the country.

President Buhari stated this in an opinion article published in the Washington Post newspaper to mark the UN-declared International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

UN declared August 23 as International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

The President maintained that the “Not for Sale” was also aimed at helping those who “might be vulnerable to false promises see through the ruse and say no.”

He described modern slavery as not simply a campaign of hatred, but a means of making cheap money, and advocated for the review of anti-slavery laws to make economically unprofitable.

According to the president, “One distinction from then and now is important: the costs. From records, adjusted for today’s prices, the cost of a human-being-as-property was valued on average at $40,000.”

”One way to extinguish it in its current forms, therefore, is to make it economically unfeasible. This means making sure that any anti-slavery laws have a bite, come with strong penalties and are enforced.”

President Buhari noted that it is also vital to have a robust tip-off and reporting system.

He said that the appearance of modern slavery might have changed, but the institution had not.

 The president explained that, in Africa, its modern forms include debt bondage, the enslavement of war captives, commercial sexual exploitation and forced domestic servitude.

”Holding people against their will, controlling their movements and forcing them to work for the sole profit of others — wherever they are — is slavery today and always” he said.

President Buhari said though there are no radical solutions to modern slavery, however, stressed the need for political will on the parts of world leaders to address the menace.