NAPTIP EVACUATES TRAFFICKED NIGERIAN GIRLS FROM COTE D'IVOIRE
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters, NAPTIP, has carried out a covert operation evacuating Ten Nigerian girls working as sex slaves in Abidjan, Cote d’ivoire.
The girls who were brought into Abuja in two batches are from Edo State, Delta, Rivers and Benue States respectively, with Edo State topping the chart with six girls.
The Executive Secretary of NAPTIP, Mrs. Beatrice Jedy-Agba disclosed that the operation which was intelligence driven was in collaboration with the regional bureau office of Interpol in Abidjan and an Abidjan based Non Governmental Organization, family Essan for Protection and Promotion of Human Rights, FEPDH.
Mrs. Jedy-Agba who spoke while receiving the girls in NAPTIP Headquarters on Wednesday, sued for more intelligence sharing; co-operation and collaboration between West African Law Enforcement Agencies on trafficking in persons as a panacea to breaking the stranglehold of the criminal networks on the scourge.
According to her, NAPTIP felt obliged to bring the girls back home for rehabilitation as Nigerians and also to support further investigation in the crime. She lamented that there are many Nigerian girls in bondage in the booming sex trade in Cote d’ivoire and Burkina Faso and the agency will go as long as funds permit to return them home to safety and rehabilitation.Mrs. Jedy-Agba said the task of combating this crime and consequent rehabilitation of victims cannot be left to NAPTIP alone as the whole of society is needed much more in tackling this huge responsibility.
The ten girls are presently undergoing medical screening and counseling with NAPTIP operatives after which rehabilitation will commence in earnest.
HEAD, COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA,
14th September, 2012.