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2 000 trafficked victims rescued in Sokoto

19 March 2013, 16:03

Sokoto - The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Related Matters (NAPTIP), on Tuesday said it rescued 2 000 victims of human trafficking in Sokoto State since its inception in 2006.

The Zonal Commander in charge of the state, Hamisu Tahir, told newsmen in Sokoto while answering questions on the agency's activities that, 100 human traffickers were also arrested while 40 were convicted during the period.

He said the agency had rehabilitated and empowered 150 victims.

Tahir solicited the support of the media in sensitising parents on the dangers inherent in human trafficking, especially that of children.

He said the active mobilisation and sensitisation of parents would help in curtailing the menace.

``We have deployed our officers to border communities to prevent and arrest those involved in this illegal act," he said.

Tahir said the agency had adopted religious-based approaches to educate parents against allowing their children to be misused.



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