A two-day Capacity Building for Media Professionals on reporting of Child Trafficking and Irregular Migration has ended in Abuja, with a fresh mandate to use their platforms to interpret all anti-human trafficking laws to stem the problem.
National President of Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour, NACTAL, Mr Emmanuel Adaramola gave the charge during a session on Role of the Media in Combating Human Trafficking.
Mr Adaramola said that some sections of the existing laws including the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP Act 2015, needed to be reviewed with contributions from the media.
The NACTAL President maintained that the media must always expose traffickers and their customers.
In another presentation on Ethical Considerations in Human Trafficking Stories, the National Coordinator, West African Network for the Protection of Children, Mr Abdulganiyu Abubakar, advised that written consent should be obtain from the parents or guardians of a child to be reported about, as a defense in case of denial or litigation.
Mr Abubakar stressed that journalists must used terminologies such as survivor in preference to victim, as well as non-disclosure of identity in the best interest of the child.
A cross-section of the participants at the training appreciated the organizers but urged NAPTIP top management to cooperate with the media with vital information when required.