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NAPTIP raises alarm on new trafficking methods

25 September 2013, 19:00

Abuja - The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) cautioned members of the public to be aware of new methods human traffickers used to lure them.

It emerged human traffickers were now recruit victims under the guise of scholarship awards foreign universities offered as bogus wedding ceremonies to dupe unsuspecting victims.

NAPTIP organized a workshop in the Benin region to make members of the public aware of such devious schemes.

“The purpose of this workshop is principally to bridge this knowledge mainly in the area of intelligence gathering as well as avail us the knowledge of new techniques employed by human traffickers in perpetrating the crime of human trafficking. There is no wisdom in fighting 21st century crime with 19th century war tools,” Benin Zonal Commander of NAPTIP, Ebinringa Cordelia said at the capacity building workshop law enforcement agencies attended.

Such issues as modern trend and pattern of human trafficking and child labour were discussed.

Cordelia called for closer collaboration between NAPTIP and other security agencies to combat human trafficking.

The country is a source, transit and destination country for women and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically conditions of forced labor and forced prostitution. Trafficked women and children are recruited from rural areas within the country’s borders with them being used for involuntary domestic servitude and forced commercial sexual exploitation, and boys for forced labour in street vending, domestic servitude, mining and begging.

The country has sustained strong efforts to raise awareness of human trafficking in recent years. NAPTIP’s Public Enlightenment Unit worked throughout the reporting period on national and local programming to raise awareness.

– CAJ News



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