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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) held a second batch of Boot Camp Peer Review for members of state task forces to combat human trafficking
The five-day North/South training camp, organized in partnership with Expertise France, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and others, aimed to deepen the commitment of the members of the working group of States in the fight against human traffickers. .
In her opening remarks, the Director General (DG) NAPTIP, Dr. Fatima Waziri-Azi, thanked Expertise France, IOM, UNODC and others for their support in organizing the training camp.
Waziri-Azi said the collaboration would provide a way to comprehensively assess the level of progress made by the task forces inaugurated across the country.
The DG of NAPTIP said that although the trends and proportionality of human trafficking may differ, the statistics revealed that no state was free from human traffickers.
“NAPTIP’s statistical analysis from 2019 to 2022 revealed that 61% of human trafficking cases in the country occurred within the country, while 39% crossed our borders.
“It is indisputable that what those involved in the fight against human trafficking have in their hands is a national crisis.
“This is the main reason why this forum is imperative for in-depth interactions between state and non-state actors,” she said.
The DG, who was represented by Mr. Olubiyi Olusayo, Director of Intelligence, Research and Program Development, NAPTIP, said the second phase of the boot camp was organized for 12 states.
“This would allow NAPTIP to take stock of the impact of working groups at sub-national levels.
“States included Edo, Ogun, Oyo, Enugu, Rivers, Cross-River, Akwa-Ibom, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kaduna, Borno and Jigawa,” she said.
According to her, there is no doubt that human trafficking is a dynamic and emerging crime.
She urged task forces to present and maintain a clearer picture of how human trafficking affects their communities and how traffickers change their tactics.
“NAPTIP would look forward to receiving and considering the report that would emanate from this five-day meeting,” she said.
The NAPTIP boss also congratulated the partner organizations for their support in carrying out the boot camp.