NAPTIP rescues 132 victims of human trafficking in Akwa Ibom – DG

NAPTIP rescues 132 victims of human trafficking in Akwa Ibom – DG

<p class="">The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has rescued 132 victims of human trafficking in Akwa Ibom since the beginning of 2020.</p>

<h1>The Director-General of the agency, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, disclosed this during an interactive session with newsmen in Uyo on Thursday.</h1>

<p class="">She said 40 of the victims were rescued from sex exploitation, 28 from baby sellers, 23 from labour exploitation, while others were for other sundry exploitation issues.</p>

<p class=""><strong>Okah-Donli </strong>said that the ages of the rescued victims ranged from five months to 34 years.</p>

<p class="">She said 40 per cent of them were from the Oron axis of the state because of its strategic trade location as a gateway to the Atlantic</p>

<p class="">Okah-Donli said that the establishment of the State Task Forces on Human Trafficking was a component part of the agency’s strategic thrust aimed at expanding its frontiers.</p>

<p class="">She explained that the task force was to enhance state and non-state multi-sectoral response toward combating human trafficking in Nigeria.</p>

<p class="">The director-general also said it was aimed at enhancing comprehensive prevention and coordinated legal and other services for trafficked victims through capacity building, technical assistance and institutional development.</p>

<p class="">“<em>The overall objective of the task force is the coordination and reactivation of technical inter-agency cooperation meetings with key stakeholders.</em></p>

<p class=""><em>”They include donors, development partners, law enforcement agencies, MDAs and NGOs to enhance the capacities of state and non-state actors as well as multi-sectoral response towards improving partnerships.</em></p>

<p class=""><em>“These partnerships are aimed at the prevention of human trafficking, protection of victims of human trafficking, offer access to justice for victims of trafficking, prosecution of traffickers.</em></p>

<p class=""><em>”The partnership is also aimed at enhancing the process of successful restoration of victims of trafficking to the state of physical, psychological, social, vocational and economic well being,’’</em> she said.</p>

<p class="">Okah-Donli commended the Nigerian Navy and other sister security agencies in the state for their continued assistance to the agency in combating human trafficking.</p>

<p class="">She solicited for continued support, adding that more would be achieved with increased support from the media, religious and traditional institutions.</p>

<p class="">In his remark, the Project Officer, Counter Trafficking and Mixed Migration in the International Organisation for Migration, Mrs <strong>Betham Ngurum</strong>, said the agency had rescued over 17,000 Nigerians involved in illegal migration in Libya, Mali and other parts of the world since 2017.</p>

<p class="">Ngurum said that over 6, 771 of them had so far been rehabilitated with 45 of them from Akwa Ibom. </p>

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