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How NAPTIP rescued 75 children trafficked by orphanage home

By m Odita Sunday and Jesutomi Akomolafe (Asaba)
09 June 2022   |   2:41 am
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), yesterday, disclosed how some orphanage homes in the country engage in child trafficking, saying it has rescued 75 children

A child being trafficked

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), yesterday, disclosed how some orphanage homes in the country engage in child trafficking, saying it has rescued 75 children trafficked by an orphanage home in Abuja.

   
NAPTIP’s Director of Public Enlightenment, Mr. Josiah Emerole, revealed this at a three-day media training and capacity development in Asaba, Delta State, with the theme: “Standard Reporting Template for Members of the Trafficking in Persons Media Corp and Officers of Press and Public Relations Unit.’’
   
He said about 140 children were illegally trafficked by an owner of the orphanage home for sexual exploitation, hard labour and fundraising.
   
Emerole, who urged Nigerians to verify homes before making donations, noted that the United Nations ranked human trafficking as the second-largest crime network against humanity valued at $150 billion, while the International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimated that 40.3 million victims are currently trapped in different forms of human trafficking across the globe with Nigeria having a large pool out of this.
   
Meanwhile, the President, Journalist International Forum for Migration (JIFORM), Dr. Ajibola Abayomi, has called for media support to make the war against human trafficking more meaningful in Nigeria.
    
He said: “The media/ journalists must be regularly supported through adequate capacity building and financing to investigate human trafficking stories/incidents to propel legal actions against offenders and get justice for the victims.
 
“Journalist covering human trafficking and migration matters need exposures to antics of human traffickers, especially along the Musa Park, Benin Republic, Timbuktu and Agadez in Niger Republic, routes in Mali, and Togo for first-hand information to create better awareness for the masses. These are routes, where Nigerians are being trafficked at intervals.”