NAPTIP to Frustrate Human Traffickers in Nigeria

With the repositioning and strengthening of its intelligence mechanisms, the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP is set to frustrate cabals and others profiting from human trafficking trade in Nigeria.

Press Officer of the agency, Mr Vincent Adekoye disclosed this at an international virtual summit on zoom.

While stressing the readiness of the agency to smoke out all human trafficking agents from the country by not leaving any stone unturned, Mr. Adekoye said the Director-General of NAPTIP, Barrister Julie Okah-Donli placed a premium on accelerated actions and collaborations with the media in the fight against child labour, women exploitation and other forms of crime within the purview of the agency.

He said the post-COVID-19 concern of NAPTIP included a possible increase in the activities of trafficking syndicates, who may take advantage of the huge casualties especially in the destination countries to deceive, recruit and traffic vulnerable Nigerians for exploitation.

“On our own part, NAPTIP has commenced aggressive enlightenment and massive awareness on all social media platforms to tackle the emerging situation. The Agency has also strengthened its collaboration with other partners including the media in this regard. The intelligence unit of the agency has also been further reactivated” Adekoye stated.

He solicited corporation from the media to tackle the illicit trade valued worldwide at $150 billion as of 2014 by the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Worried about the huge numbers of undocumented immigrants spread across Europe and elsewhere, Mr Adekoya said there was a need to cut the supply chain of the world’s second-largest crime as United Nations documented 176000 Africans that departed Libya in 2014 to other continents.

He revealed the antics of the criminal network in the deal to include an act of recruitment, transportation, harbouring, or receipt of a person, and means using threat or force, coercion, abduction and fraud.

Other gimmicks listed were a deception, abuse of power, vulnerability, or giving payments or benefits to a person in control of victim with the purpose of exploitation as prostitutes, sexual and forced labour, slavery or similar practices, and lately, removal of organs.

“The media has a crucial role to play in the post COVID- 19 containment of human trafficking. This is because human trafficking remains a present-day danger and major security threat globally.

The media should give more prominence to the menace through effective reportage of human trafficking story via unsolicited features, analysis, commentary and other special reports.

Also, the media should be careful so as not to be used by unscrupulous persons to promote human trafficking through uncensored jingles and other persuasive contents announcing nonexistent scholarship and other voodoo offers abroad.” he added

Mr.Adekoye noted that NAPTIP had been monitoring the latest trends of human trafficking acts involving mass recruitment of Nigerians to countries like Oman, Arabia, Cairo, Lebanon,  and some African countries under the guise of seeking unskilled labour, sexual and labour exploitation.

Adedayo Adelowo 

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