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UK steps up fight against human trafficking in West Africa

PICTURED: Theresa May

THERESA MAY will unveil a series of measures to cut illegal and unsafe migration into Europe from West Africa and support victims of modern slavery as she visits Nigeria today (Aug 29).

Mrs May will travel to Abuja, the capital of Nigeria - Britain's second largest trading partner in Africa - for talks with President Buhari.

New support from the UK means help for migrants and modern slavery victims to rebuild their lives in Nigeria. The UK will also help Nigeria and Niger prevent trafficking across their border.

Nigeria is the fifth-largest country of origin for victims of modern slavery in Britain. Men, women and children are tricked into journeys to Europe that can lead to abuse, trauma, prostitution, forced labour and death.

Theresa May, who since her time as Home Secretary has led the UK government’s response to this issue at home and internationally, will also announce plans to tackle the serious organised crime behind people trafficking and help victims rebuild their lives.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: "Modern Slavery is one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time and the UK is a world leader in making it an international mission to end this heinous crime.

"Today we are stepping up our partnership with Nigerian authorities to find traffickers and bring them to justice. And because this is an international problem which needs international response, we are also launching a new project with France to strengthen border cooperation to prevent trafficking along key migration routes towards Libya and Europe.

"But as well as targeting the smugglers and traffickers that cruelly exploit people for financial gain, it’s vital that we support the victims who have suffered enormous trauma and are at high risk of being re-trafficked, and that is an important part of the support we are announcing today."

She will make a series of announcements to fight human trafficking and support victims of modern slavery in Nigeria and the region.

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