Obama Asue meets Bioko provincial and district authorities

Based on the serious accusations against Equatorial Guinea by the Government of the United States of America, deriving from the publication of the Annual Report on Human Trafficking, which places the republic of Equatorial Guinea at level 3 of the 4 levels of responsibility established in the report, on Wednesday 30th January, the Prime Minister, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, called an urgent meeting with provincial, district and local authorities from the island of Bioko.

In the report, Equatorial Guinea is accused by the Government of Donald Trump of human trafficking, in particular, of expatriate children who, according to the document, are the object of exploitation in the itinerant selling of products. In similar accusations, the Government of Equatorial Guinea is attributed with the sexual exploitation of women and girls, in addition to the physical and moral abuse of foreign citizens.

Human trafficking is a global reality that affects all countries, the victims of which suffer exploitation through being forced into work or sex for commercial ends. Despite its cross-border dimension, people trafficking occurs at a local level; for that reason, actions taken by national Governments are essential.

In fact, faced with these reports, the Government has decided to take certain measures to make progress in the fight against this crime of a global nature. Under the mandate of the Head of State and Government, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the Prime Minister stated that there would be a two week period from today, for the embassies and consulates established in our country to make minors from their countries with permanent residence in the country aware of the situation, so that they give up the practice of street selling. At the end of the established period, the State security forces will carry out swoops to eradicate the practice.

In this context, Obama Asue urged the governors, Government delegates, mayors and other competent authorities, to assume the role of raising awareness within the populations in their respective areas as, with respect to this street selling, national minors are also involved.

During the meeting, Obama Asue was accompanied by the First Vice Prime Minister, Charged with the Political Sector and Democracy, and the Minister for the Interior and Local Corporations, Clemente Engonga Nguema Onguene, and the Deputy Minister from this department, Fidel Nsue Micha.

The Prime Minister took the opportunity to praise those present, considering them an essential part in the promotion of peace enjoyed in national territory, with a special message for Government delegates, who he referred to as “promoters of peace on the periphery”.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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