Oyo State government has taken a step to end child labour and trafficking in the state with creation of a special task force.
Already, 1,052 indigenes of the state have been rescued from forced labour, child labour, domestic servitude and sexual exploitation by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
The rescued indigenes comprise 782 females and 270 males from Oyo town, Saki, Iseyin and Ibadan, the state capital.
The state governor, Seyi Makinde, who inaugurated the taskforce through his deputy, Engr Rauf Olaniyan, said the menace of human trafficking was one of the major consequences of poverty and the state was doing all possible to make residents have a good living standard.
He said the state government would do everything possible to protect the future of the state.
The Deputy Governor, Olaniyan, also ordered the taskforce to begin work immediately and deal decisively with anybody found culpable in what he called the ‘heinous act’ against fellow humans.