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International Day of Remembrance for the victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade: NAPTIP Boss Calls For Vigilance Against Traffickers

The Executive Secretary of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) Mrs. Beatrice Jedy-Agba has urged Nigerians to be more in tune with their environment in order to prevent incidences of traffic in persons in their communities.
 
In a Statement today in Abuja to mark the 2015 International Day of Remembrance for the victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the Executive Secretary said that trafficking in persons which represents a return of the abolished slave trade has over the years impacted negatively on the well being of Nigeria and her people.
 
“It must be recognized that trafficking in persons is an obstacle to the realization of the National development aspirations of Nigeria as contained in the Vision 2020/20 document and the fulfilment of its obligations under international benchmarks such as the MDG’s and NEPAD” she stated.
 
Stating that prevention remains the best strategy of curbing human trafficking, she stressed the importance of vigilance amongst the people. ‘’Human traffickers are in our various communities masquerading in various guise as helpers of the needy and promising to provide what they do not have capacity to provide. All these are just to deceive and lure unsuspecting persons away into slavery. We all must therefore, be conversant with our environment, be vigilant and ready to expose every suspicious offer from anyone including relatives’’, she added.
 
While recalling the plight of victims of slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Mrs. Jedy-Agba explained that their plight was nothing different from what victims of human trafficking are going through across the globe today, stressing that today’s victims need lots of care and assistance to properly reintegrate them into society.
 
On the theme of this year’s event ‘’Women and Slavery’’, Mrs. Jedy-Agba said, ‘’As we celebrate the strength of enslaved women, many of whom still succeeded in raising families and upheld family cultures and values despite the many abuses , let us not forget the many victims of modern day slave trade whose rights are trampled upon daily ’’.
 
It was for this reason according to her, that NAPTIP has over the years raised the capacity of its personnel and those of other Agencies and care givers to be able to deal with the problems of victims of human trafficking.
She however, called on public spirited individuals and corporate organisations to provide some assistance to victims of human trafficking through the Victims of Trafficking Trust Fund.
 
It will be recalled that the General Assembly of the United Nations, in its resolution 62/122 of 17 December 2007, declared 25 March of every year the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.