AFRUCA will on Tuesday 16 October 2018 sign a Memorandum of Understanding with NAPTIP – the Nigerian government agency responsible for counter trafficking matters.

The signing of an MOU by a UK Diaspora led organization with a government agency in Africa underlines a major shift in African Diaspora engagement in counter trafficking activities across Europe. Recent figures show Nigerian nationals form the highest number of victims of trafficking and modern slavery from African countries in Europe.

The MOU highlights key agreements to collaborate on in the areas of intelligence sharing, needs assessments for safe houses in Nigeria, victim support as well as rehabilitation of returning victims in Nigeria.

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Notes to Editors

1. AFRUCA – Africans Unite Against Child Abuse is the premier charity promoting the rights and welfare of BME children and families in England. It is also the only African Diaspora-led charity in England tackling modern slavery and providing direct support for victims.

2. NAPTIP – The National Agency For the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons is the key agency in Nigeria working on counter trafficking matters.
3. Nigerian is one of the top five sending countries for victims of trafficking in the UK, according to figures collated by the National Crime Agency. Most victims of trafficking from Nigeria are trafficked for domestic slavery and sexual exploitation.
4. Each year, AFRUCA provides practical and therapeutic support for 50 children and young people who have survived trafficking, helping them on the path of healing and recovery.
5. Between December 2017 and June 2018, AFRUCA delivered a major awareness raising campaign funded by the Home Office targeting the Nigerian community in London and Manchester to help raise awareness of domestic slavery and how to spot the signs.