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Child trafficking: FG formulates legal framework

By Victor Ahiuma-Young

ABUJA— The Federal Government is formulating a legal framework to check loopholes being exploited by child traffickers and other Nigerians into forced labour abroad.

The Minister of Labour and Productivity,  Chief Emeka Wogu, disclosed yesterday,  while receiving Mr. Martin Ocaga, the Nigeria Chief of Mission of the International Organisation for Migration, IOM in Abuja.

A statement by the Special Assistant, Media, to the Minister, Mr. Emmanuel Aziken, noted that Chief Wogu who expressed government’s concern over increasing cases of Nigerians who are victims of  forced labour abroad, said the Ministry would collaborate with the IOM to eradicate the practice.

According to him: “The visit has come at the right time because our ministry is determined to establish not only a policy framework but a legal framework that will assist you in the discharge of your duties. We are particularly concerned in this Ministry with illegal and forced migration which has encouraged child labour and trafficking in persons.


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