Oba of Benin advocates tough sanctions for human traffickers
He made the call when he received the United States Charge d’ Affairs, David Young, in his palace, saying there seems to be high demand for trafficked persons in Europe, which he said has been responsible for the boom in the illegal business.
Oba Ewuare II urged the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, to step into the fight against human trafficking and the rehabilitation of victims, just as he called for support in the form of grants to enable the Oba Ewuare II Foundation rehabilitate victims of human trafficking.
The monarch also urged the United States Charge d’Affairs to support his call for the return of Benin artefacts, adding that they would be used to establish Palace Museum in Benin Kingdom.
Earlier, Young said they were at the palace to appreciate the monarch for his pronouncement against illegal migration and human trafficking.
He described human trafficking as the most horrific human rights violation all over the world, pointing out that Oba Ewuare II’s pronouncement has had great impact in bringing freedom to the victims.
Young explained that those who perpetrate the crime must be brought to justice, just as he said that American government had already adopted an approach of prevention, protection and prosecution in the fight against human trafficking.