Libya is set to deport 540 Nigerians beginning from August 10.
Director-General, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Julie Okah-Donli disclosed this on Wednesday at the inauguration of the North-West Zonal Command Office of the agency in Osogbo.
She said the deportees would return to Nigeria in three batches of 180 each.
She added that more than 2000 Nigerians have been deported from different countries since February.
Okah-Doni disclosed that the agency had rescued and supported more than 12,000 victims of human trafficking, and also secured 325 convictions since its inception in 2003.
“Such massive deportations are not good for us as a people. Government at all levels must take steps to halt it by initiating measures that will reduce the vulnerability of our people to being trafficked.
“We must also strive to enlighten our people to resist the temptation to leave the country at all cost,” she said.
Okah-Donli identified Osun, Ekiti and Ondo among the endemic states in trafficking in persons in Nigeria, saying that all hands must be on deck to change the trend.
“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 within the African continent.
“This calls for concerted action by all as Nigerians cannot make meaningful progress in its human capital development index, with a sustained depletion of her young and brightest stars.”