Reps want NAPTIP at ports to check slavery

Written by on February 27, 2020

House of Representatives wants the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, to publish the names and pictures of convicted traffickers.

This followed a unanimous adoption of a motion moved by Representative Rimamnde Kwewum and seven others during plenary, on the “Need to Investigate the Degrading Sex Slavery Nigerian Women are Subjected to”.

Presenting the motion, Kwewum said there were currently tens of thousands of Nigerian women and underage girls forced into sex slavery around the world.C

The lawmaker observed that some West African countries had “become notorious for maltreating Nigerian women, keeping them as sex slaves” and providing safe haven for perpetrators of human trafficking.

He said investigations by NAPTIP showed that between twenty thousand to thirty thousand Nigerian girls were sex slaves in other countries, with fifty girls being added to the list every day.

The lawmakers urged personnel of the Nigerian Immigration Service at the ports and borders of Nigeria to permit trained NAPTIP officials to operate, in order to spot, identify and prevent the illicit emigration of potential victims.

The house also directed the House Committee on Human Rights to investigate all aspects of sex slavery and recommend appropriate budgeting and legislative measures, including sanctions and cooperation with other African countries to stop trafficking

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