Abuja - Human trafficking represents a return of the abolished slave trade and has over the years impacted negatively on the well being of Nigeria and its people, the Executive Secretary of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP).
Beatrice Jedy-Agba said trafficking was an obstacle to the realization of the National development aspirations of Nigeria as contained in the Vision 2020/20 document and the fulfillment of its obligations under international benchmarks such as the Millennium Development Goals and New Partnership for the Development of Africa.
She was speaking in Abuja during the 2015 International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
The event is commemorated every year on March 25.
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Jedy-Agba stressed that prevention remains the best strategy of curbing human trafficking.
“Human traffickers are in our various communities masquerading in various guise as helpers of the needy and promising to provide what they do not have capacity to provide," Jedy-Agba said.
"All these are just to deceive and lure unsuspecting persons away into slavery. We all must therefore, be conversant with our environment, be vigilant and ready to expose every suspicious offer from anyone including relatives,” she added.
The NAPTIP executive explained that victims of human trafficking needed care and assistance to enable them properly reintegrate into society.
She called on public spirited individuals and corporate organisations to provide some assistance to victims of human trafficking through the Victims of Trafficking Trust Fund.
- CAJ News