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  -------- Standing Against Human Trafficking and Modern Day slavery --------


The Central Association of Nigerians in the United Kingdom (CANUK) will be hosting its annual Spring Ball on Saturday 5th of May 2018 at Emerald PlaceJubilee House in Romford. The special event is in support of CANUK’s ongoing stand against Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking.

Background to CANUK

Canuk was established in 2005 in collaboration  with the Nigeria High commission in to cater for the welfare and community interests of Nigerians resident in the United Kingdom;

  • To provide a common forum for coordinating the activities of the various Nigerian

  • organizations in the United Kingdom;

  • To liaise and promote good relations with the Nigerian High Commission as well as

  • other United Kingdom Authorities on matters related to the welfare of Nigerians in the

  • United Kingdom;

  • To encourage good conduct and behaviour amongst Nigerians with a view to

  • promoting a positive image of Nigeria;

  • To mobilise and co-ordinate Nigerians in the United Kingdom with the aim of

  • enhancing public enlightenment, community values, culture, youth activities and other

  • socio-welfare matters;

  • To promote closer co-operation and collaboration amongst various Nigerians in the

  • United Kingdom with the aim of fostering unity, concord and greater understanding

  • amongst Nigerians in the United Kingdom;

  • To generate interest in the socio-economic development of Nigeria;

  • To promote equality of opportunity for all Nigerians resident in UK, irrespective of

  • gender, age, sexuality, disabilities, religion, culture and regionality;

  • To co-operate with other organizations or individuals with the same or similar interests and objectives

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Enquiries and Sponsorship

We are offering a unique sponsorship opportunity for organisations to take part in this event.For enquiries please contact us at:

  • Social Secretary: Euphemia Chukwu  - 07446234704              

  • Assistant Social Secretary:Bola Abioye-Ganiyu - 07950472548               

  • 2nd Vice Chair:Malcolm Benson - 07930202250

Most people are trafficked into the UK from overseas, The most common countries of origin are Albania, Vietnam, Nigeria, Romania and Poland. It’s estimated that 800,000 Nigerians are engaged in modern slavery around the world. Thousands end up in the UK. According to the National Crime Agency Nigeria is the third most common origin country for victims of modern slavery in Britain.

Most commonly people are trafficked into forced labour in industries such as agriculture, construction, hospitality, manufacturing and car washes. Many women and girls are trafficked for sexual exploitation.

Many people, again mostly women and girls, also end up in domestic slavery   Others, particularly children, are  forced into crime  such as cannabis production, petty theft or begging.

How does it happen?

Typically, a person coming from a situation of poverty and lack of opportunity gets an offer of an apparently good job in the UK. 

When the person arrives in Britain, the job and the conditions they were promised are completely different.

Their passport is taken away, and they are told they need to pay off  a debt before they can leave. Violence or threats are common practice, both against the victim as well as their family back home.

Event Sponsor - Dr Okechukwu Michael Mwim

Event Sponsor - J Benson Solicitors

The Modern Slavery Act 2015

  • makes prosecuting the traffickers easier by consolidating the existing slavery offences

  • increases sentences for slavery offences

  • bans prosecuting victims of slavery for crimes they were forced to commit by their traffickers, such as drug production or petty thefts

  • introduces child trafficking advocates to better protect trafficked children

  • makes big UK businesses publically report on how they tackle slavery in their global supply chains

  • establishes an independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner to overlook the UK’s policies to tackle slavery

Further information is available on our

About the charity organisation Afruca


Africans Unite against Child Abuse (AFRUCA) was established in May 2001 as a platform for advocating for the rights and welfare of African children following the deaths of children like Victoria Climbie, Jude Akapa and Damilola Taylor in the UK. It became a registered Charity in July 2002 and a Company Limited by Guarantee in October 2001 with a Board of Directors appointed to run the organization. AFRUCA is embedded in and has developed out of African communities in the UK as a response to their realization of the problems African children and parents face and the gaps that exist within the child protection system for African children in the country. The main focus of our work is Prevention and Early Intervention. The 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of The Child and the UK Children’s Acts of 1989 and 2004 provide the foundation for all our work at AFRUCA. We aim to promote the best interests of the child in all our activities. Our stance is that culture and religion should never be a reason to abuse children.

Their mission


The 1989 United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child forms the basis of our work at AFRUCA. Our mission is to promote the rights and welfare of African children. With a presence in two UK cities (London and Manchester) and projects working with children, young people and families across London and in Manchester, Birmingham, Coventry and other cities, we are undeniably the voice of the African Child in the UK. Our national spread means we have become accessible enough to be regarded as the first point of contact for those interested in the welfare of African children.

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