Nigeria: Slavery

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th September 2017.

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Photo of Kate Osamor Kate Osamor Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the Government plans to monitor and support the Nigerian Government in tackling modern day slavery and human trafficking.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development), Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Government works with Nigerian law enforcement agencies involved in investigating and prosecuting the perpetrators of modern slavery. This includes building relationships and providing training and equipment. In July 2016 the Prime Minister announced a £33.5 million fund to tackle modern slavery, of which £5 million has been allocated to Nigeria. It will be used to improve the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies, raise awareness amongst would-be victims and perpetrators of the consequences of modern slavery and the penalties for involvement, and to help safeguard victims and witnesses through comprehensive support packages. During their visit to Nigeria, the Foreign Secretary and the International Development Secretary announced a further £7 million of support over the next three years. This will be used to help develop alternative livelihoods options for communities in areas where trafficking occurs, and to help victims of trafficking recover and reintegrate into their communities. It will also fund research on the causes of trafficking and modern slavery.

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