NAPTIP DG decries rising cases of irregular migration, canvasses media support
The Director General of National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic In Persons (NAPTIP), Dr. Fatima Waziri-Azi, has decried the rising cases of forced labour in Nigeria.
She called for closer ties with newsmen to tame the rising cases of human trafficking in the country.
Waziri-Azi spoke 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”.
The workshop was organised by NAPTIP through the Action Against Trafficking In Persons And Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria (A-TIPSOM) Project, funded by the European Union ( EU) and implemented by the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP).
Waziri-Azi, who was represented by NAPTIP’s Director of Public Enlightenment, Mr. Josiah Emerole, observed that the media are agents of change and major drivers in curbing the menace, adding that the media is welcome to join in the fight against trafficking in persons.
Speaking on human trafficking in Nigeria, he said over 20, 000 Nigerians are still trapped in Mali shanties, revealing that Nigeria continues to experience high external migration due to huge population, economic climate, poverty and porous borders.
“In Mali alone, no fewer than 20, 000 young Nigerian men and women are trapped, living in shanties in the mining areas where they are sexually exploited. Many victims are still stranded in a number of West African countries as they cannot move further to Europe and are living in dangerous conditions.
“Most of this trafficked persons engage in prostitution for a fee equivalent to N150, which would be collected by those who trafficked them there.”
MEANWHILE, the press officer for NAPTIP, Mr. Adekoye Vincent, has called for increased working relationship with the media for enhanced reportage of human trafficking, to ensure that Nigerians are better informed.
He stressed that the media is expected to be better informed and appreciate the workings of NAPTIP as well as emerging routes, tricks and trends of human trafficking.