Nollywood Stephanie Linus gives hope to trafficked victims in Italy

Abuja, Jan. 14, 2018 (TNE) Nollywood Stephanie Linus, says her advocacy visit to Italy, on human trafficking is to further raise awareness on the heinous crime and give hope to victims.

Linus is currently in Italy to advocate for victims of human trafficking in partnership with the international medical humanitarian organisation – Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS Mediterranee.

According to a statement from Linus on Saturday, she met with the women, listened to their stories and shared with them.

“It got even more interesting when the women decided to prepare a meal together, sing and exchange hand-made gifts.

It was truly a heart-warming experience as hope was renewed in their midst.

Sequel to her meeting with the women, she also visited United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office where she was given an insight into the operations of the organisation in Italy.

This is coming in the wake of the increased rate of human trafficking being experienced by Nigerians illegally migrating to Europe through Libya.

Linus, a film director and model, also visited the rescue ship “Aquarius” to witness their activities and operations.

She was given a tour of the ship, and afterwards, discussions on the overall need to educate people on the dangers of being trafficked and integrating the rescued victims into the society followed.

Linus also held a press conference with several members of the international media where she spoke about measures that can be used to curb human trafficking.

Linus has been at the forefront of advocacy over sensitive issues that affect the rights of women and girls.

An increasing number of women, mainly from Nigeria, are being trafficked to Europe for sexual exploitation.

According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), there has been an almost 600% increase in the number of potential sex trafficking victims arriving in Italy by sea since 2014.

Many of these women were kidnapped against their will or lured with the promise of greener pastures.

(TNE)

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