The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says it has secured the conviction of 38 sexual offenders since November 2019.
The Director-General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, said this in Uyo on Tuesday, at the training of stakeholders and members of Akwa Ibom State Taskforce on Human Trafficking.
The training was organised for stakeholders from South South, South East and South West geopolitical zones and members of the taskforce.
Okah-Donli said that the purpose of the training was to build the capacity of frontline members of the state taskforce and other stakeholders.
“This is with a view to sharpening their professional skills, so that they could effectively contribute to national efforts to curb human trafficking,’’ she added.
The director-general said that during the period, no fewer than 143 cases were reported to the agency.
She also said that that some 442 traffickers had been convicted and were serving various jail terms, while almost 17,000 victims had been rescued.
Okah-Donli expressed the determination of NAPTIP to stamp out human trafficking in the country, adding that the agency would continue to engage various stakeholders to achieve the objective.
“NAPTIP relies on the support of all men and women of goodwill to continue to achieve its mandate.
“To date, about 442 traffickers have been convicted and are serving various jail terms; while almost 17,000 victims were rescued and counselled, with a good number of them empowered by the agency.
“I wish to reiterate that our resolve to end human trafficking in Nigeria is firm and we shall continue to engage with various actors across board to achieve this,” she said.
Okah-Donli noted that the challenges of human trafficking and irregular migration were quite enormous and new initiatives ought to be developed to ensure sustained successes in the war against the two evils.
She commended the International Organisation for Migration for sponsoring the project.