Human trafficking: NAPTIP rescues 152 victims

Human trafficking: NAPTIP rescues 152 victims

From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Command in Osogbo said  it has rescued 152 victims of human trafficking between 2017 and 2019.

NAPTIP Zonal Commander, Mrs Kehinde Akomolafe disclosed this during the 2019 World Day against Human Trafficking programme in Osogbo.

Komolafe, who was represented by Head, Administrative Unit of the  command, Mr Semire Famojuro, explained that the zone, which covers Osun, Kwara, Ekiti and Ondo states, received 72 human trafficking cases from May 2017 till date.

She said between the period under review, 152 victims, made up of 113 females and 39 males were rescued and that 98 suspects, consisting of 40 females and 58 males were arrested.

“Nine cases of suspected human  trafficking are also ongoing at various Federal High courts within the states under the command.”

She explained that the purpose of the celebration was to create awareness on the dangers and criminal activities of human traffickers.

She said the traffickers, who lack human feelings, exploit their victims and subject them to untold hardships for their selfish gains.

“The fight against Traffic in Persons (TIP) needs to be intensified in the South-West because TIP in this zone is known to be endemic and that NAPTIP  is working vigorously to make environment uncomfortable for traffickers,” he said.

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Osun Ministry of Women, Children and Social Affairs, Mrs Omolara Ajayi, said the state government in collaboration with NAPTIP has carried out numerous sensitisation programmes on the ills of human trafficking.

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Ajayi said radio programmes, sensitisation talks and lectures with vulnerable groups (such as school pupils) and empowerment programmes for vulnerable groups had been put in place to curb the menace of human trafficking in the state.

She, however, called on stakeholders and religious organisations to play their specific and significant roles in waging war against human trafficking.

Human trafficking: NAPTIP rescues 152 victims

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