Senate prescribes 7 yrs jail for human traffickers

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BY JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU & JOSEPH ERUNKE
ABUJA – THE Senate Tuesday commenced debate on the bill for an act to repeal the trafficking in persons (prohibition) law enforcement and administration and prescribed seven years jail term in addition to a fine just as the senate also adjourned plenary for another one week to complete the 2014 budget defence.
The Senator Umaru Dahiru-led Joint Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters and Women Affairs, Youths Development had submitted its report on the amendment of the law on trafficking in persons.

There was indication that Senate while considering 24 and 25 that deal with offences relating to trafficking in slaves and slave dealing would reduce the punishment in the principal Act (Section 24) from life to seven years going by the recommendation of the Committee.

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