NAPTIP DG Raises Alarm Over New Human Trafficking Tricks

Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, NAPTIP DG

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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has said that human traffickers now settle for a new trick of orphanage trafficking as it is assumed people are not knowledgeable of it.

The director general of the agency, Julie Okah-Donli, disclosed this during an interactive meeting with the Edo state task force against trafficking in Benin city.

She lamented that human trafficking in the country appears to have increased despite all measures to keep the menace away.

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Following this Okah-Donli urged all stakeholders to be vigilant as they go about their duties, while also dismissing the notion that only underage girls can be victims of trafficking.

“You must beam your searchlight on transporters. go to the motor parks because this is where they take these girls from. Then you go to the waterside, they take the boats too.

“By the time you seize one bus, prosecute the bus owner, prosecute the driver, trust me they will stop carrying people. The traffickers are not waiting for us, they are always on the move and they are very fast, so we must be ahead of them at all times. Then you also have to look at orphanages.

“There’s a lot of orphanage trafficking going on but a lot of people don’t know. Some of them actually kidnap children from the local communities on the streets and put them there. Human trafficking is not about underage girls so when you talk about underage girls, you miss the point. I can be trafficked.

“A 50-year-old woman can be trafficked. Anybody can be trafficked so it’s not about underage girls. Even boys can be trafficked as well,” she said.

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