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Agency issues human trafficking warning

25 March 2014, 18:37

Lagos -  The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) warned parents and their children to be wary of overseas job offers lest the youngsters fell prey to human traffickers.

NAPTIP Zonal Commander, Cordelia Ebiringa, said unscrupulous agents were using enticing overseas job offers to lure unsuspecting locals.

“All that glitters is not gold,” she warned.

Ebironga said human trafficking was a social problem that needed collaboration among partners.

She said that the agency had been making the public aware the public on the ills of human trafficking, and stressed the need for the youth to change their attitude toward materialism.

According to her, the get-rich-quick syndrome in the society is a major factor driving the Nigerian youths out of the country, adding that the situation had made such youth easy prey to human traffickers.

Ebiringa said the traffickers visit the country mainly in December to lure innocent and unsuspecting youths into getting non-existing jobs in Europe.

Earlier this week, the agency said it convicted 47 people for child trafficking-related offences in Edo and Delta.

Ebiringa said 56 cases were being investigated, while about 700 trafficked girls had been reintegrated and about 1 400 other victims had passed through the agency’s shelter.

She called for partnerships from spirited individuals, organisations and other security agencies to enable it to win the war against child trafficking.

- CAJ News

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