Stakeholders call for elimination of human trafficking

Modupe Odegbade, Abuja

Stakeholders in the fight against Human Trafficking have called for elimination of Trafficking in Person in Nigeria.

They made the call at the 2017 International Day against Trafficking in Persons organised by the Ministry of Justice and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP,  in Abuja, the Nation’s capital.

The Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person, Mrs Julie Donli, said Human Trafficking is usually associated with related acts of ill treatment, deprivation and human degradation.

According to her, many of the victims are usually subjected to hard labour and sexual exploitation hence the need to intensify efforts to tackle the menace of human trafficking.

She called on international organisations to help in the fight against Trafficking in Persons “when these traffickers are sent back to us for prosecution or are prosecuted in d European Countries, nobody seems to say anything about their collaborators in Europe, it is not a Nigeria problem, it is an international problem, so I will like us to lend our voice to it so that the Europe can begin to prosecute European collaborator that are conspiring with the Nigerian Traffickers”. 

Also speaking at the Seminar, the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Bernhard Schlagheck, said that the devastating circumstance of human trafficking needed urgent attention.

The process of assisting and contributing to the fight particularly against Human Trafficking is a very important task and we should all embark on the task”.

The Director General of the Voice of Nigeria in a Lecture titled “the myth of greener pastures as a catalyst for Human Trafficking urged the media to create awareness in order to curtail Trafficking in Persons.

He was represented by the Executive Director News, Mr Ahaziah Suleiman.