NAPTIP probes traffickers of out-of-school children
THe national Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other related matters has said it will investigate the rising out-ofschool children in the country, who are mostly victims of human traffickers.
The NAPTIP Directorgeneral, Julie okah-donli, who stated this, said there was a relationship between out-ofschool children and human trafficking.
She noted that most of out-ofschool children were picked from various communities and forced away from their parents.
The DG stated this in Abuja on Friday while signing a memorandum of Understanding with Heatfactory Productions to fight human trafficking through a movie titled, ‘Pillars of Africa’.
The population of nigeria’s out-of-school children stands at 13.2million, according to statistics from the Universal basic education Commission in September 2018.
The NAPTIP DG said, “There is a relationship between out-ofschool children hawking on our streets and trafficking. This is because most of these children hawkers were trafficked from their parents and taken from various communities. These children are under the responsibility of the ministry of Women Affairs but we also see it as an evil.
“We had a management meeting and we have decided that we have to take action concerning these trafficked children. The issue of the Alamajiris is delicate because of some religious perspectives to it. I see that if the 36 states adopt the Child rights Law, it will be easy for us to tackle this problem.
“The story of the travails which victims of human trafficking go through cannot be told often enough and we always seek for ways to bring the story to the citizens of nigeria and beyond, with the aim of raising awareness and preventing incidents of human trafficking.”