US embassy cable - 02ABUJA696

VATICAN ANTI-TIP CONFERENCE: NIGERIAN ROLE?

Identifier: 02ABUJA696
Wikileaks: View 02ABUJA696 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Abuja
Created: 2002-03-05 13:48:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: KCRM PHUM KWMN KPAO VT IT NI
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UNCLAS ABUJA 000696 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
DEPT FOR G/TIP, INL AF/RA 
 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KCRM, PHUM, KWMN, KPAO, VT, IT, NI 
SUBJECT: VATICAN ANTI-TIP CONFERENCE: NIGERIAN ROLE? 
 
 
REF: VATICAN 00700 
 
 
1. Post read reftel with interest and applauds Embassy 
Vatican's initiative in organizing an international 
conference on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in collaboration 
with the Vatican Secretariat, G/TIP and PD/IIP. 
 
 
2. We would like to suggest that the issue of Nigerian 
trafficking be included in the conference agenda.  Italy is 
the largest destination for women and girls trafficked from 
Nigeria for sexual exploitation in Europe. An estimated 
18-20,000 Nigerian women and girls are currently in a 
trafficked situation in Italy.  The Italian government has 
embarked on a program of assistance (estimated at $4 million) 
to improve law enforcement efforts against the traffickers 
behind this trade and to help efforts to repatriate and 
reintegrate rescued TIP victims. (Note. On March 1 the 
Italian government repatriated 156 Nigerian girls and women 
to Lagos aboard two chartered aircraft. End Note.)  Post 
discusses this issue regularly with the Italian Ambassador to 
Nigeria, who desires greater U.S.-Italian collaboration on 
anti-TIP efforts.  G/TIP officers are aware of late 2000 
bilateral discussions in Washington on this initiative, which 
we would like to see advanced. 
 
 
3. In addition, CARITAS and Catholic NGO Community Pope John 
XXIII are involved in addressing the Nigeria-to-Italy TIP 
problem.  In February 2001 the Nigerian NGO "WOTCLEF (Women 
Trafficking and Child Labor Eradication Foundation)" led by 
its founder, the wife of the Nigerian Vice-President, hosted 
a regional TIP conference at which the President of Community 
Pope John XXIII, Don Oreste Benzi, spoke on the NGO's efforts 
to assist with the rescue and repatriation of Nigerian girls 
and women trafficked to Italy. 
 
 
4. We would appreciate Embassy Vatican's consideration of the 
Nigerian TIP issue as an agenda item in the upcoming May 
conference.  Also, if appropriate, conference organizers 
might consider inviting a Government of Nigeria 
representative, particularly Michael Mku, President 
Obasanjo's Special Assistant for Trafficking in Persons and 
Child Labor. 
Jeter 

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