So, the United Kingdom has set up aid package for commonwealth member states.

The sum involved in the aid package is 5.5 million pounds, about 2.8 billion naira.

The UK government is hoping that the sum will be used to fight child labour and human trafficking in countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lank and Zambia.

According to a joint statement from Britain’s interior ministry and foreign aid department, DFID, more than half of the money will help several Commonwealth nations tackle child labour in industries including agriculture, construction and the garment sector.

The rest of the aid will be split between strengthening law enforcement and justice systems to fight human trafficking, and supporting tough new legislation in countries like Ghana, Nigeria and Pakistan.

“This is a global problem which requires a global response, which is why all countries must unite to end this to make these brutal crimes a thing of the past,” interior minister Amber Rudd said at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

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“The Commonwealth has committed to taking a leading role in the international fight against human trafficking,” she said in a statement during the week-long biennial summit held in London.

The 3 million pounds pledged to tackle child labour will focus on conflict-hit areas and communities such as the Rohingya in Bangladesh where there is a high risk of modern slavery seeping into global supply chains, the government said.

“Trafficking and forced labour often trap the most marginalised, (and) few are as vulnerable as the Rohingya people who have fled unimaginable horrors,” Britain’s aid minister Penny Mordaunt said.

“Our support will allow potential victims to be identified and provide the intelligence needed to ... stop child labour,” Mordaunt added.

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