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
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
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
– CAJ News