SaffronSDGF ‘SNC’ is currently working to address the prevention of violence against children, with a particular focus on ‘Online Sexual Exploitation’ in Lagos and Nigeria as a whole through synergy with various organisations.
Research from various reports on sexual exploitation in Africa and particularly Nigeria, have identified an increasing number of children forced into prostitution and/or trafficked externally or internally within Nigeria for sexual purposes, highlighting a continued rise in child prostitution.
However, Nigeria’s noteworthy efforts to address the ‘Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) by legislating the Child Rights Act (CRA) and the Trafficking in Persons Law Enforcement and Administration Act (TIP Act), brought about the establishment of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
Various NGOs in collaboration with the Nigerian Government have facilitated awareness campaigns for child trafficking and established anti-trafficking networks.
Investigations by Saffron’s researchers provided ample information gathered on child trafficking but relatively little on child prostitution, child pornography and online safety or exploitation.
Over time, Nigeria has earned the reputation as one of Africa’s leading centres for internal and cross-border human trafficking. Consequently, human trafficking has been identified as the third largest crime in the country, after economic crimes and drug trafficking.
Evidently there is a definitive link between child victims of prostitution, trafficking, pornography and online sexual exploitation. Therefore it is imperative that all organisations and government agencies working against child abuse/violence; collaborate and work in partnership together to ‘End Violence Against Children’ ‘Raising Standards, Protecting Children, Improving Lives for Better Outcomes