Past eventResearch Event

People Trafficking From Nigeria to the UK: Tackling Root Causes and Protecting Victims

18 October 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm

UK Houses of Parliament


Kevin Hyland OBE, UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
Debbie Ariyo OBE, Founder and Chief Executive, Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCA)
Sarah Di Giglio, Senior Policy and Project Officer, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Councillor Olu Babatola, Mayor, Royal Borough of Greenwich (2016-17)
Chair: Kate Osamor MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Nigeria



Nigeria is the fourth largest source of human trafficking to the UK, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that around 80 per cent of girls arriving to Europe from Nigeria through irregular migration are potential victims of trafficking.

In July 2016, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced that £5 million from the UK’s Modern Slavery Fund would be allocated to building the capacity of Nigerian law enforcement to prevent trafficking and provide protection for survivors.

In September 2017, a further £7 million support was announced to help tackle the root causes of trafficking from Nigeria to Europe.

At this Nigeria APPG event marking Anti-Slavery Day 2017, diaspora community leaders and anti-trafficking experts discuss policy options to reduce the drivers of trafficking, methods to raise awareness amongst would-be victims and the perpetrators of the consequences of modern slavery, and needed improvements in protection and recovery responses for victims. 

This event was being held in collaboration with Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCA).