The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP) has said about 1million persons, a lot of them women and children, are trafficked in Nigeria annually.
NAPTIP’s acting Director General, Alhaji Abdulrazak Dangiri, disclosed this Monday in Keffi, Nasarawa State at the opening ceremony of workshop on the Infusion of Trafficking In Persons (TIP) issues into the curricula of primary and secondary schools in Nigeria.
Alhaji Dangiri said 75 per cent of those trafficked are trafficked across the states , 23 percent are trafficked within states while two percent are trafficked outside the country.
He said though trafficking in persons has become a common feature in all the states of the federation, it is more pronounced in Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Edo, Delta, Benue, Ebonyi, Imo, Abia and Akwa-Ibom states.
Other states where the crime is pronounced are: Cross River, Rivers, Kano, Sokoto, Katsina, Jigawa, Borno, Kwara, Taraba, Niger, Yobe and Kebbi States.
He said the agency is currently prosecuting in court some traffickers, and if they are found guilty would be sent to jail.
He cautioned parents against giving out their underage children out for labour as this is also against the law.
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