By Ekemini Ladejobi
Nollywood star Stephanie Linus has paid advocacy go to to Italy to lift consciousness on the heinous crime of human trafficking and provides hope to victims.
Linus is at the moment in Italy, to advocate for victims of human trafficking in partnership with the worldwide medical humanitarian group – Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS Mediterranean.
According to an Linus’ e-mail to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Saturday, victims in Italy are sharing their experiences.
“It obtained much more fascinating when the ladies determined to arrange a meal collectively, sing and change hand-made presents.
“It was really a heart-warming expertise as hope was renewed of their midst,’’ she defined.
She additionally visited United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) workplace the place she was given a deeper perception into the operations of the group in Italy.
This is coming within the wake of the rising fee of human trafficking involving Nigerians who’re making an attempt emigrate to Europe by Libya.
Linus, a movie director and mannequin, additionally visited the rescue ship “Aquarius” to witness their actions and operations.
Actress Stephanie Linus on board The Rescue Ship “Aquarius” in Italy
She had a tour of the ship, and afterwards, held discussions on the general want to coach individuals on the hazards of “being trafficked and integrating the rescued victims again into the society’’.
Linus additionally had a press convention with the worldwide media, the place she spoke about measures that might be used to curb human trafficking.
Linus has been on the forefront of advocacy over delicate points affecting the rights of ladies and ladies.
She had carried out the advocacy by a number of motion pictures, particularly, “DRY’’.
She has additionally demonstrated her ardour for combat towards trafficking by her position as UNFPA Ambassador; and her charity organisation,“ Extended Hands Foundation’’.
Linus has obtained a number of awards and nominations for her work as an actress, together with the 2003 Reel Award for Best Actress, the 2006 Afro Hollywood Award for Best Actress and Three nominations for Best Actress in main position on the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2005, 2009 and 2010.
She was the runner up for the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria magnificence Pageant 2002.
An rising variety of ladies, primarily from Nigeria, are being trafficked to Europe for sexual exploitation.
According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), there was an nearly 600% improve within the variety of potential intercourse trafficking victims arriving in Italy by Sea since 2014.
Many of those ladies had been kidnapped towards their will or lured with the promise of greener pastures.(NAN)