Nollywood filmmaker and model, Stephanie Linus has arrived in Italy as part of her partnership work with international medical humanitarian organization ‘Doctors Without Borders (MSF)’ to advocate against activities that infringe on the rights of humans, with trafficking and sexual exploitation taking the majority of the discussion.

The 35-year-old award-winning actress will visit the rescue ship “Aquarius”, participate in rehabilitation exercises, media parleys, stakeholder meetings to discuss issues affecting women.

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In partnership with the world-renowned international medical humanitarian organisation "Doctors Without Borders" (Médecins sans frontières) @MSF_Sea and SOS Mediterranean,I recently arrived in Italy to give support to rescued people and raise my voice against human rights violations like trafficking and sexual exploitation. Over the next few days, I'll be participating in rehabilitation exercises for the rescued women, visit the rescue ship “Aquarius”, media parleys and stakeholder meetings aimed at alleviating their sufferings and preventing more girls and women from falling prey. I will also be meeting with some of these vulnerable women and listening to their stories. Advocacy and intervention measures for this dire situation can never be too much, and I hope to do everything I can to shed light on human trafficking of these innocent victims. I urge you to join me as well.#notohumantrafficking #msf

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If these streets could talk, they will tell a lot of stories. On this very sidewalk, the dreams of countless girls and women have been snatched from them as they were forced, oppressed and sold as commercial sex workers. According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), there has been an almost 600% increase in the number of potential sex trafficking victims arriving in Italy by Sea since 2014. Many of these women were kidnapped against their will or lured with the promise of greener pastures. Their stories brought me here, and the hope of a better future encourages me to keep walking. It's time to do something about it. It's time to raise our voices for these vulnerable ones. Join me on this walk. #MSF #msf_sea

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