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By Maryam Aminu-Abuja

Every year, the EU Anti-Trafficking Day brings together all relevant actors working immensely to put to an avast human trafficking around the world.

Here in Nigeria, Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse, and Labour ( NACTAL) organised a world press briefing in commemoration of European Union Day Against Human Trafficking on 18th October 2021 at Daughters of Abraham Foundation, opposite SETRACO, Kado Expressway, Jabi-Abuja.

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The National President of NACTAL, Abdulganiyu Abubakar while addressing the press urged all civil society organizations or networks to speak with one voice in the fight against trafficking in persons.

“Trafficking in human beings is prohibited by the United Nations (UN) Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children. This, both Nigeria and the European Union (EU) have signed and ratified. It is also prohibited by Nigeria’s Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015 and by Article 5 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union”.

Disclosing further, he stated that records have it that Nigeria has the highest number of registered victims especially in the aspect of sexual exploitation.

“Civil Society organization should be actively involved in the board of NAPTIP for optimal operations”, he added.

Also speaking, the FCT coordinator stressed that trafficking in persons has been consistent because the human conscience is dead and the system isn’t strict in adhering to its terms of punishment as stated in the constitution.

The North Central Zonal Coordinator, ImaObong Ladipo applauded CSOs who have streamlined their focus on the fight against trafficking admonishing them to keep the fight going.

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