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Nigeria and Niger join forces to fight human trafficking – why it matters

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Nigeria and Niger join forces to fight human trafficking – why it matters

The Nigerian National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking of Persons (NAPTIP) has signed a pact with the Nigerien Agency Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (ANLTP/TM) in Niger, to fight and eradicate the endemic problem of human trafficking.

Backstory: Both Agencies signed the agreement at a dinner event hosted by NAPTIP in Abuja, on Thursday. Both agencies forwarded a communiqué agreeing to collaborate with each other in a bid to combat the growing menace of human trafficking in their respective countries.

“I believe that going forward; we have developed strategies for more successful approaches to stemming the tide of human trafficking from our countries.

“This strong collaboration and partnership by both countries in the fight against human trafficking promises to be very effective and mutually rewarding,” said Julie Okah-Donli, who signed the pact alongside Madame Goge Maimouna Gazbo of the ANLTP/TM in Niger.

Some of the major highlights of the event include:

  • The signing of an MoU aimed at organizing joint sensitization sessions and technical workshops to help train counselors and social workers on how to work with victims, and also foster a more developed investigative spirit.
  • NAPTIP also unveiled an anti-human trafficking module set to be used in basic and senior secondary schools.

Why it matters: Nigeria is currently under the U.S State Department’s Tier 2 Watchlist on human trafficking. While laws have been put in place to fight human trafficking – with a jail term of up to 10 years for perpetrators of the act – many young Nigerian, especially girls are still being trafficked and have been trapped in the underworld of prostitution in Italy and Libya. Niger is one of the prominent routes for this trade.

The collaboration between both countries will go a long way, as ideas and resources will be shared to help combat the problem. And if we are being honest, Nigeria needs all the help it can get.  

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