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NAPTIP may adopt whistle blowing to tackle human trafficking

By Collins Olayinka, Abuja   |   28 April 2017   |   4:12 am

Trafficking

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Human Trafficking (NAPTIP) yesterday hinted of plans to adopt the whistle blowing initiative to tackle the menace of trafficking in persons.

Director General of the agency, Julie Okah-Donli disclosed this in Abuja yesterday, saying that anybody that bursts a human trafficking activity may be entitled to a portion of the proceeds of the crime.

Her words: “NAPTIP is seriously considering adopting the whistle blower approach to encourage members of the public to divulge the heinous crime. We plan to work out a reward scheme, which will be realised from the sale of proceeds of human trafficking.

“I will also appeal to government to kindly expand the scope of the whistle blowing policy to accommodate the crime of human trafficking. If this policy is succeeding in the fight against corruption, it should also succeed when deployed to detect and prevent trafficking in persons.”

She also revealed that operatives of NAPTIP would henceforth be drafted to entry and exit points at airports, seaports and land borders to ensure no Nigerian is trafficked, saying modern deals in human trafficking have gone digital.

Okah-Donli further explained that the criminal network that was designed to deceive even the operatives, had now moved from the era of physical administration of oaths of secrecy on victims in person, to the era of digital initiation at the destination point.




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