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Thousands of Nigerian girls work Italian sex industry. Many are found in Belgium, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, U.K., Saudi Arabia, Libya and Morocco
Nigeria: ILO Report 40% of street children are trafficked at national and international levels 8million Nigerian children engaged in exploitative child labour 19% of children work in dangerous environment after school hours Over 124m 64m children
This year the NITF is investigating six reported cases involving eight traffickers . One of the suspects being investigated was arrested while trying to collect a parcel containing nude pictures of about 14 girls already trafficked to Spain for prostitution. Other contents of the parcel include shaved pubic hairs, used menstrual pads with menstrual smears, cut finger nails, as well as copies of the terms of engagement of the respective girls and their masters (Madame).
Ongoing investigation of a deaf and dumb man who runs a ring of deaf and dumb kidnappers throughout the country. The mode of operation used by the man and his gang is to send his men to fish out deaf and dumb victims to be used as street beggars. Investigation is at an advanced stage and he would soon be appearing in court.
The successful raiding of 2 Juju shrines in Edo State and their spiritual leaders arrested. In the successful raids, several photos of trafficked victims, charms, records of clients and even photographs of European.
The Agency has helped in the rescue of over 69 Beninioise children trafficked to Abeokuta in Ogun State, Nigeria and working in stone quarries. The children were recovered and have since been reunited with their families in Benin Republic.
On going Bilateral negotiations by NAPTIP with other corresponding agencies through their embassies in Nigeria, of countries where the trafficking in persons constitute transnational crimes which cannot be prosecuted without the co-operation of other countries, particularly the neighboring transit and source countries as well as destination countries. This is aimed at developing a joint investigation and information sharing mechanism in dealing with trafficking in persons cases.
The negotiation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in May 2004, by NAPTIP on a joint border patrol, investigation and process of identifying victims of human trafficking, with Benin Republic. Though the MOU is yet to be signed, the various parties have been working along the agreed terms. Similar understanding is in the offing with the Republic of Niger, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Chad Republic and Togo. We presently have an operational MOU with Italy and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in that regard. Spain, the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia are collaborating actively with the Agency in the areas of information sharing and prosecution.
After commencing operations effectively in February, 2004, the Agency immediately embarked on an education and sensitization tour of eleven human trafficking endemic states of the southern part of the country. The tour was sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau for International Narcotic and Law Enforcement Affairs through the UNICEF country office.
The Agency, through the project , was able to take the campaign against trafficking in persons to the grassroots and rallied the support of the traditional rulers, security chiefs, faith based groups, market women, government officials and people in position of authorities. These groups among others were educated on the establishment of the Agency with the specific mandate to fight the scourge of human trafficking as well as the ills associated with the illicit trade and the need to work in close collaboration with the Agency.
The gains of the tour were the creation of the anti-child trafficking network and the education and sensitization of the populace at the state and local council levels of all the states visited. At the later part of the year, more states, particularly in the northern and eastern parts of the country were visited.
Recently, the Agency launched its anti human trafficking jingle on the national TV.
This jingle is aired three times a day all through the week. Anti –human trafficking sensitization and educational materials in the form of hand bills, stickers, leaflet and articles are being produced and published to educate the public and canvas their support in the fight against human trafficking.
Mr. President, the Agency commissioned a research study to identify the emerging trend in human trafficking, the reason's f or human trafficking and whether some areas of the country are more prone or vulnerable to human trafficking than others and if so why.
We have carried out Field Assessment Exercise in 11 States in the South under the ‘Anti-Child Trafficking Network Project’ donated by US Bureau for International Narcotic and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and UNICEF. The findings in this research work are revealing. UNICEF is printing copies for dissemination to our local and international partners.
Trafficking now on the national agenda due to support on research & advocacy Stakeholders coordinating mechanism established Laws and implementing & structures in place (NAPTIP) Agreements drawn with destination countries Arrest, investigation, prosecution/rehabilitation Establishment of shelters and Youth Resource Centres Achievements