“According to NAPTIP, sixty per cent of the prostitutes in Turin and Antwerp are known to be Nigerian women and girls”
The House of Representatives says it will push for stronger anti-trafficking legislation to improve Nigeria’s increasingly notorious human trafficking record.
A critical review of the Human Trafficking Act is to be implemented, in addition to seeing through the domestication of the Global Migration Policy, the House Diaspora Committee stated on Tuesday.
Nigeria remains a source, transit and destination country for women and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking, according to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons(NAPTIP).
Many Nigerian women and children are trafficked to African and European countries annually. At least sixty per cent of the prostitutes in Turin in Italy and Antwerp in Belgium for instance, are known to be Nigerian women and girls, the agency told lawmakers.
Also, about 50,000 girls, aged between 9 and 17, have been trafficked for sexual exploitation in brothels within Nigeria.
“The magnitude of this phenomenon and its consequences are considerable and call for concerted action by government and civil society,” said NAPTIP Executive Secretary, Beatrice Jedy-Agba.
The chairman of the House Committee on Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said an amendment to strengthen needed laws is underway.
She said disrupting and unmasking those responsible for the cycle, will be the motivation that will drive the process.
“NAPTIP’s problem is not money, it is law,” she said. “We need migration policy. We need to review NAPTIP laws to strengthen it. We need to domesticate trafficking laws. We need to unmask the cabal and break its ring.”
By Bennie Iferi
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