Group decries sexual violence, child-trafficking, others in Taraba



SAD by the high rate of sexual violence and other vices against children, which include child trafficking in Taraba State, the state Co-ordinator of Child Protection Network (CPN), Mrs. Balutu Isiwatu, has said there was need for parents to give the much needed attention to their children.

She admonished parents to desist from sending their children on an errand at odd hours of the day, stating: “I see no reason why some parents take pleasure in sending their children on an errand late at night.”

Isiwatu, who made the call during an interview with The Guardian in Jalingo, the state capital, expressed dismay at the continued rise in sexual violence in the state.

Citing the ill-attitude of some teachers, which had led to the impregnation of some female students in the state, the need for the government and education authorities to beam their searchlight on male teachers, according to her, has become relevant.

Wondering why grow-up men that ought to serve as fathers, grandfathers or uncles to such under-aged girls would go about defiling them, she said the need for state government as well as all the security operatives to come to the aid of the Network, can no longer be over-emphasised.
The Network, she said, is made up of virtually all the security operatives, lawyers and media men, among others.

The need for government to as well endeavour to regulate the activities of private schools in the state as most of the said crimes emanate from teachers in such schools, she believed, would as well go a long way in preventing children from sexual harassment.
She urged the “few hardworking members of the Network” not to be deterred but to continue with the humanitarian work of protecting under-aged children from “the evil ones in our society.”

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