Abuja - The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) has launched a new campaign to educate rural communities on the dangers of human trafficking.
The “Root out the Traffickers from the Root” will be conducted at remote villages, markets and other public places.
Speaking on the situation, the Benin Zonal Commander of the agency, Ebiringa Cordelia Oluchi, who led other operatives of the agency on the first leg of the rural outreach, was confident the campaign would stifle traffickers.
“Our new rural outreach operation is design to root out traffickers from the roots. We are moving ahead of them to those remote villages and settlements. We have resolved that if they (the traffickers) climb mountain, we shall climb it, if they pass through water, our operatives have been trained to pass through the same waters and catch up with them,”
Oluchi added, “There will no longer be more escape routes for the traffickers because they will meet us at every location even in the remote villages. The only option for them is to hands off and stop the trafficking our promising children.”
Nigeria is a source, transit and destination country mostly for women and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically conditions of forced labor and forced prostitution.
Trafficked Nigerian women and children are recruited from rural areas within the country’s borders − women and girls for involuntary domestic servitude and forced commercial sexual exploitation, and boys for forced labor in street vending, domestic servitude, mining, and begging.
NAPTIP came into being in 2003 to address the scourge.
– CAJ News