As we celebrate this day, We salute all the measures put in place by the government of Cameroon to reduce the psychological and physical torture faced by many Cameroonian women and girls who have been forced into prostitution, migrants in debt bondage trapped in illegal tactics and paid little or nothing for their services. Many have died out of frustration.Today marks a day of liberation and freedom out of Modern slavery..This goes especially to all Victims of Human Slavery.
Mother of Hope Cameroon-Mohcam is advocating for a holistic prevention mechanism to counter child trafficking,violence extremism and Modern human slavery. Almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour – 11.4 million women and girls and 9.5 million men and boys worldwide are victims of modern slavery.
- An estimated one million children are forced to work in the global sex industry every year
- The global sex slavery market generates a $39 billion profit annually
- Selling young girls has become more profitable than trafficking drugs or weapons
- Almost 19 million victims are exploited by private individuals or enterprises and over 2 million by the state or rebel groups.
- Of those exploited by individuals or enterprises, 4.5 million are victims of forced sexual exploitation.
- Migrant workers and indigenous people are particularly vulnerable to forced labour.
57 million children worldwide are not enrolled in primary school. Girls are more likely to be out of school than boys,If nothing changes, there will be 142 million child marriages in the developing countries between now and 2020. That’s 37,000 girls per day.
Cameroon is a source, transit, and a country of destination for women and children trafficked for the purposes of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation. Most victims are children trafficked within the country, with girls primarily trafficked for domestic servitude and sexual exploitation. Both boys and girls are also trafficked within Cameroon for forced labor in sweatshops, bars, restaurants, on tea and cocoa plantations, in mines, and for street vending and possibly for forced begging.
More than 90% of victims of child trafficking come from rural localities.They work as domestic servitude,street beggars, sale girls and commercial sex industries in Cameroon . Every day, one out of five non school going children aged 9 – 12 years is trafficked for exploitation. Limited knowledge on trafficking recruitment techniques are responsible for this vulnerability.Despite the alarming number of Cameroonian trafficked, the government has not made much progress in ensuring that, victims of trafficking received access to protection services. Data collection remained sporadic and does not cover the entire country, resulting in unreliable and incomplete statistics on victim identification and law enforcement still needs to re-enforced.to develop standardize procedures for referring trafficking victims to government.