Human traffickers now harvest victims’ organs for sale – NAPTIP

The Director General of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Ms. Julie Okah-Donli, has expressed concern over the change of dimension of human traffickers, who now remove victims kidneys and other body parts for sale.

Okah-Donli raised the alarm on Wednesday during the inauguration of the Osogbo Command of NAPTIP.

Okah-Donli said, “Nigeria is a source, transit, and destination country. Women and young girls are recruited for sexual and labour exploitation in parts of Europe, the Middle-East and even on the African continent.

“The new dimension and most frightening now is the harvesting of organs and vital human parts for sale by traffickers. Nobody is safe. This calls for a concerted action by all, as Nigeria cannot make meaningful progress in its human capital development index, with a sustained depletion of her young and brightest minds. Our inaction or denial will not only accelerate the frightening dimension of this crime but also make the menace protracted.”

A representative of the Osun State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mrs. Funmi Bewaji, said the command was deeply involved in the war against human trafficking.

Bewaji said the command had discovered “Ejigbo and Iwo and surrounding local governments as the nerve centres and transit points where human trafficking and child labour take place within the state.”

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