NAP­TIP probes traf­fick­ers of out-of-school chil­dren

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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.”

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