These number of persons were convicted of human trafficking since 2003

The acting Director-General of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Abdulrasak Dangiri on Monday said the Federal Government has charged and imprisoned 269 persons who were found guilty of humans trafficking since 2003.

Dangiri said the economic hardship in the country has led to the rise of human trafficking.

He said, “Since NAPTIP came into existence in 2003, we have secured 269 convictions. This year (2016) alone, we have seven convictions. NAPTIP is set to eliminate trafficking in persons not to clamp people in jail.
“The mass migration of young Africans risking their lives through the Mediterranean Sea to Europe is a big setback to our collective struggle to address trafficking in persons in NAPTIP. But of a greater concern is the fact that our world have not come to accept that different perceptions of the triggers of this scourge militates against a united force to combat it.
“Every year, about 2 million women and children are trafficked around the world in various ways, either for sexual or labour exploitation. Trafficked victims from Nigeria are recruited from rural areas or within the country into involuntary servitude and forced commercial sexual exploitation, street vending, begging, amongst other factors.”

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