GLAAS to Utilise Worship Centers in Fight Against Trafficking in Persons


Global Africans Against Slavery (GLAAS) is a multi-sectoral coalition of relevant stakeholders in the fight against Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling, committed to a practical, hands on engagement in the fight against Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling (HTMS) with  belief that the first and most successful place to end trafficking is on our own DOORSTEPS.  

The Global Africans Against Slavery (GLAAS) was formed to eliminate the complex problems of Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants (HTMS) by deconstructing the inter-connectedness of the diverse underlying issues influencing its rise in our communities.

It prioritizes the sensitization of all people on the antics and ploys of traffickers to lure innocent victims to destinations where they can have the power to inhibit their freedom as of great importance and is incorporating modern ideas in scuttling the antics of traffickers and well as ensuring the creation of an enabling environment that will encourage Africans to pursue and live their dreams on the continent, it also engages in re-indoctrination of survivors, protecting  potential victims and ensuring legal penalization of perpetrators.

As part of its initiative to mark the 2024 world day against Trafficking in persons, GLAAS will be embarking on a month long initiative dubbed Gospel Against HTMS 2024 in which its imploring its member organisations in 17 countries to participate by taking its newly developed manual for teaching the public about Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling( HTMS), developed by Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) Nigeria ,Tanzania Anti Trafficking Legal Initiative (TATLI) Tanzania and All Africa Media Network (Ghana) and is urging its members to engage leaders of places of worship in their communities to use it for teaching in the Churches ,Mosques, Temples and other places of worship this month of July.

 “We are urging religious and cultural leaders to indulge our organisations and collaborate with us in ensuring that their followers are sensitized on the dangers of human trafficking and migrant smuggling. We are targeting worship centers, because of the unique platform it offers, as it’s always comprising of people from various walks of life.” Nanahemaa Obaapa Awindor the Chairperson of GLAAS and Mama Imahkus the Advisory Board lead urged the leaders of Worship centers.

” Mosques, Churches, Temples and other places of gathering for religious worship are places that both the rich and poor, the educated and the layman, artisans , professors and traders comes together to enjoy a harmonious relationship. Talking about Human Trafficking in our places of worship will help to spread the message and curb our people from falling victims” Racha Haffar the Executive Director of GLAAS and founder of Youths Against Slavery Movement (YASM) concluded.

in 2023 GLAAS initiated a virtual storytelling program targeting African children, in which they use storytelling to educate the children and widen their knowledge on human trafficking and migrant smuggling, the last edition was in partnership with Divine Mercy Nursery and Primary School in Baissa Taraba State Nigeria.

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