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NAPTIP rescues 615 victims of human trafficking in Katsina 

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) rescued no fewer than 615 victims of human trafficking in Katsina from January 2022 to date.

• July 31, 2022
NAPTIP Headquarters
NAPTIP Headquarters (Photo Credit: Nigerian Tribune)

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) rescued no fewer than 615 victims of human trafficking in Katsina from January 2022 to date.

NAPTIP Commander in the state, Musa Aliyu, revealed this while briefing journalists on Saturday in Katsina to mark World Day against trafficking in persons.

Mr Aliyu said that NAPTIP received the victims in collaboration with stakeholders from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the police operating in the state.

He urged the Nigerian youths not to be deceived with greener pastures in foreign countries, noting that this year’s theme for the celebration is “Use and Abuse of Technology”.

According to him, the theme focuses on the use of technology as a tool that can enable and impede human trafficking.

State Coordinator of the Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), Shola Babadiya, described cyber technology as an avenue used by human traffickers to further their nefarious activities under its power of anonymity.

He pointed out that the traffickers use cyber technology to not only mobilise and recruit their victims but also arrange for their transportation and logistics.

Mr Babadiya called on Nigerians to be on alert and collaborate with NAPTIP to end the act of human trafficking in the state.

The state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Rabi’ah Muhammad, also urged media practitioners to intensify efforts on anti-human trafficking awareness campaign.

“Especially among the general public on the ills of human trafficking amid the tactics employed by traffickers in luring their victims into their nets,” she said.

The news conference was organised by the state Ministry of Women Affairs, NAPTIP and NACTAL.

(NAN)

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