BY ANKELI EMMANUEL, SOKOTO
Despite the concerted efforts towards ending the menace of human trafficking, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) have admitted that they are yet to have offices in 3 states of the federation.
Speaking on the, “Use of National Reporting Tools And Other Channels Of Reporting” Mbanefo Doris from NAPTIP appealed for collaboration from stakeholders, adding that will enable the agency promptly respond to Combatting Trafficking In Persons (CTIP) and other related crimes against humanity.
The CTIP stakeholders coordination forum meeting organized by the Network of Civil Society Organizations Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL) with the theme, “Improving Coordination and Implementation Capacity of LEAs and CSOs on CTIP
under the Scale project and funded by USAID through Palladium.
Continuing, NAPTIP noted that, reporting cases of CTIP should be Victim Centered Approach, further warned that employing a child under the age of 12 or 18 as a domestic worker is not only exploitative, but injurious and harzadous to the development of the child.
NAPTIP also listed other crimes whcih they strongly go against to include that of dealing with any person as a slave, removing or buying of human organs, organizing foreign travels that promotes sexual exploitation of any person as well as buying and selling of human beings.
On the NAPTIP, “Simple Referral Pathways” in CTIP, an Assistant Director of Intelligence (Research and Programme Development) Mrs Abare Roseline said services rendered to survivors of irregular migration by the agency include, legal, psychological, health, vocational and lots more.
Mrs Abare who spoke onbehalf of the Director General of NAPTIP, Professor Fatima Waziri Azi added that the National Referral Mechanism for victims of trafficking produced in 2015 is a cooperative framework through which government fulfil their obligations to protect and promote the human rights of trafficked persons, coordinating their efforts in a strategic partnership with other stakeholders.
Speaking earlier in his welcome remarks, the National President of NACTAL, Mr Abdulganiyu Abubakar thaked all the stakeholders for their continued commitment to the issue of CTIP.
“No one can do it alone, hence the need for collaboration to effectively address and end CTIP. We need to share ideas and thoughts on how to do it. Therefore, we appreciate feedbacks from all of you stakeholders as it will helps us to improve consistently”.