5,500 human trafficking victims from Nigeria to be deported from Libya, Mali

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At least 5,500 Nigerians were expected to be deported from Libya and Mali over various migration offences, the Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Julie Okah-Donli Said on Wednesday.

The Nigerians to be deported were mainly victims of human trafficking, Julie said.

Julie further explained that 250 would arrive today and another 250 would return next Tuesday.

Julie expressed concerns at the increasing rate Nigerians were being deported from other African countries said the agency would do everything within its power to stem the tide of human trafficking in the country.

She called for the need to change the situation by providing an attractive environment that would keep people gainfully employed the Vanguard reports.

Recently 1134 Nigerians were deported from different parts of the world for various offences.

Julie further said that modalities had been put in place to cut activities of human trafficking, shutting down illegal organisations which keep shelter for rescued human trafficking victims was one of the moves.

Trafficking in Persons Law Enforcement and Administration Act was amended in 2005 to increase penalties for trafficking offenders and prohibit all forms of human trafficking in Nigeria.

Since inception, NAPTIP has received 4,755 cases, rescued and supported  10,685 victims  and secured 323 convictions.

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