Theatre @ Terra Welcomes Star Art Productions

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Sunday the 5th of August 2012 officially marks the beginning of another new and exciting theatre season at Theatre @ Terra.

This August our resident theatre troupe is Star Art Productions under the directorship of Gbenga Yusuf as they present BATONGA -A TALE ABOUT CHILD TRAFFICKING. Jo Demmer wrote the play.

Theatre at Terra with Seeing Through the Arts in conjunction with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP) and Other Related Matters proudly supports BATONGA. The show is also supported by Art of Arts Management and Cool FM.

There are two shows (4pm & 6pm) at Terra Kulture every Sunday in the Month of August (5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th). Admission is N2,500

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Child Trafficking is a serious issue globally and not just in Nigeria. According to the United States State Department, Child/Human trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world, after drugs.

The global market of child trafficking is almost over $12 billion a year with over 1.2 million or more child victims (UNICEF).

The United Nations also notes that “the lack of accurate statistics is due only in part to the hidden nature of the crime, and that the lack of systematic reporting is the real problem.”

Often referred to as modern day slavery, the large schemes and plans to exploit young children especially girls who often end up in prostitution is a pressing issue which we in Nigeria must fight against.

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Short Statistics Human Trafficking Worldwide (polarisproject.org)

  • 27 million – Number of people in modern-day slavery across the world.
  • 12.3 million – Number of adults and children in forced labor around the world
    • 9.8 million – Number of these that are exploited by private agents for labor or commercial sex purposes.
  • 800,000 – Number of people trafficked across international borders every year, as of 2007.
  • 2 million – Number of children exploited by the global commercial sex trade.
  • 1.2 million – Number of children trafficked globally in 2000.
  • 80% – Percent of transnational victims who are women and girls.
  • 50% – Percent of transnational victims who are minors.
  • At least 56% – Percent of trafficking victims globally who are women.
  • 161 – Countries identified as affected by human trafficking:
    • 127 countries of origin; 98 transit countries; 137 destination countries.
    • Note: Countries may be counted multiple times and categories are not mutually exclusive.
  • 116 – Countries that have enacted legislation to prohibit all forms of [human] trafficking.
  • 104 – Countries without laws, policies, or regulations to prevent victims’ deportations.
  • 62 – Countries that have yet to convict a trafficker under laws in compliance with the Palermo Protocol.
  • $32 billion – Total yearly profits, in U.S. dollars, generated by the human trafficking industry.
    • $15.5 billion, half of the total, is made in industrialized countries.
    • $9.7 billion, one-third of the total, is made in Asia.
    • $13,000 per year, on average, generated by each trafficked laborer. This comes to $1,100 per month.
  • $21 billion – A preliminary estimate of the total financial cost of being in a forced labor situation, rather than a free employment situation, to all workers in forced labor across the globe in U.S. dollars.
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