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Federal Government plans protocol document for trafficked persons

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Dame Julie Okah-Donli, Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

Worried by the irregular migration and disturbing trend in human trafficking in the country, the Federal Government is making arrangements to release a protocol document for identification, return and rehabilitation of trafficked persons.

Consequently, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking Persons (NAPTIP) in collaboration with Britain, Spain, Germany and Switzerland, among others were brainstorming in Calabar in a four-day workshop to develop the protocol.

Speaking at the workshop yesterday, Director General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli said a large number of Nigerian women were trapped in many Africa and European countries and were being subjected to sexual and labour exploitations and NAPTIP has been working to stop the trend.

“For the trafficked persons returning to their country of origin is often a difficult process for victims of trafficking, because they face psychological, health, legal, documentation and financial problems. Most victims also have problems of reintegrating with their families and communities.

“This workshop is designed to develop a protocol for the safe return of trafficked persons because identification of victims is a very difficult thing,” she said.


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