HUMAN TRAFFICKING: NAPTIP Arrests Six Suspected Human Traffickers
The trafficking of children for the purpose of domestic service, prostitution and other forms of exploitative labour is a widespread phenomenon in Nigeria. Globally, child trafficking is one of the fastest growing organised crimes with an estimated 1.2 million victims per year, of which 32% are African (UNICEF). There are diverse reasons why many Nigerian children are vulnerable to trafficking, including widespread poverty, large family size, deteriorating public services, low literacy levels and high school-dropout rates. The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and Other Related matters (NAPTIP) was established to fight human trafficking through investigation of cases, prosecution of criminals, rescue and rehabilitation of victims. NAPTIP has opened shelters to host rescued/repatriated children while investigations are being carried out and the families identified.