Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Human trafficking national crisis in Nigeria; it’s $150 billion market: NAPTIP

“Gone are the days when we think human trafficking is offline. It’s now online. So we have an increase in fake jobs advertorials and fake scholarships.”

• June 24, 2022

Fatima Waziri-Azi, the director-general of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), says human trafficking is a national crisis in Nigeria.

Ms Waziri-Azi disclosed this on Thursday in Benin at a meeting she held with stakeholders and NAPTIP partners in Edo.

She explained that this was because 83 per cent of trafficking in Nigeria happened within states, within communities, across states and that only 12 per cent accounts for trans-border trafficking.

“Simply because the media spotlight on people in Italy and all that, we think we have more trans-border trafficking. No. Internal trafficking is happening before our eyes. Domestic servitude is a crisis in Nigeria, forced labour too,” stated Ms Waziri-Azi. “Human trafficking is, therefore, a national crisis. Every state is affected, though each state has its own peculiarity.”

She urged more sensitisation of the public against human trafficking, noting that there was huge ignorance of the public on issues relating to human trafficking.

“Gone are the days when we think human trafficking is offline. It’s now online. So we have an increase in fake jobs advertorials and fake scholarships. These are the modern trends human traffickers use in luring their victims, with Dubai, India and Cyprus the trending destinations,” she explained.

The NAPTIP director-general described human trafficking as a $150 billion criminal enterprise and the second trans-national organised crime after drug trafficking.

She explained that this was because there were two sides to the crime, as there were the professional criminals enterprise who trafficked people for the sole purpose of killing them and harvesting their organs because of a global shortage of organs for transplant.

(NAN)

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Eedris Abdulkareem

Hot news Home top

Eedris Abdulkareem diagnosed with kidney failure: Myke Pam

Mr Pam added that his boss is optimistic about the surgery and in high spirit.

Oluwadamilola Emmanuel

Lagos

Two die in Lagos boat mishap

Two female passengers died after a boat mishap in Ikorodu, Lagos State on Wednesday.

Road Safety Officiers

States

Special, Regular Marshals deployed in Bauchi major routes for hitch-free Sallah: FRSC

The FRSC says it has deployed 987 personnel and 10 patrol vehicles to ensure road traffic crash free Eid-el-Kabir celebration in the state.

Gallows

States

Kebbi court sentences Nigerian to death by hanging for killing woman, child

Mr Aliyu, the deceased husband, appealed to the state government to expedite the execution of the judgment.