ABUJA, The Director-General of the Nigerian National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Julie Okah-Donli, has disclosed that more than 25,000 Nigerians have been held in slave and sex camps in Libya.
Okah-Donli made this known while defending the agency’s 2018 budget before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters here Tuesday. She said of the figure, about 5000 of the victims have been repatriated.
A large number of Nigerians have also been returned from other countries in Europe and Africa. All these people need to be properly received, profiled and assisted. NAPTIP has been working in conjunction with other governmental and non-governmental agencies such as NEMA (the National Emergency Management Agency), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and others to provide help to these unfortunate Nigerians, she said.
She lamented that despite the evils of human trafficking, not much attention was focused on the menace. The recent trend which marked the resurgence of the slave trade was more alarming and required the attention it deserved.
According to her, the task before the agency is enormous while budgetary allocations have been comparatively low. “It is my honour and privilege to raise a cry for help in this hallowed chamber on behalf of the most vulnerable members of the society, especially women and children,” she added.
In recent months the odious and perverse consequences of human trafficking and irregular migration were forcefully brought to our television screens with gory tales, she said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK