Award-winning Nigerian actress, Stephanie Linus, has reiterated the need to address the high rate of trafficking in persons globally.
The actress made this call while speaking at the second edition of the “Dialoghi a Spoleto” and Carla Fendi Foundation event in Italy.
According to the film producer and director, she said there was a need to also educate and empower people who are at risk of being trafficked in Abuja.
“In ending slavery, we must be conscious about empowering and educating people, because otherwise, we’re going to have to deal with it for years to come.” She stated.
“Ultimately, I hope this leads us in the path to justice on behalf of the millions of human trafficking victims who have been trapped in some form of slavery, bonded labour, or forced prostitution; and a sharp decline of these staggering figures,” she said.
The event is part of the official events of the Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto and hosted by the renowned Italian writer Paola Severini.
The event is a five-day event and it was marked by six meetings of great female figures of the international scene ended on Sunday.
It was attended by women from all over the world including Sister Gabriella Bottani, world coordinator of the fight against trafficking in persons; Luigi Manconi UNAR coordinator – National Office.
Others include Marcelle Padovani, an expert in organized crime and correspondent of Le Nouvel Observateur; Marina Penedes, Minister of Defense of Bosnia-Herzegovina;
Also in attendance are Nessrin Abdalla, Kurdish commander of the People’s Popular Protection Unit; Alka Sadat Afghana film producer; Irene Bignardi film critic; Anna Querci president Anna Querci Design Foundation among others.
Linus in January made her first visit to Italy to advocate against human trafficking.
In partnership with the international medical humanitarian organization – Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the actress visited the rescue ship Aquarius where she met with some victims of human trafficking, among other activities.
The actress therefor continues to advocate against the scourge of forced labour and human trafficking.