By Johnson Agbakwuru, Calabar
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other related matters, NAPTIP, has said that it has so far rescued 135 victims of human trafficking from Cross River State since its inception.
The zonal head of the Agency in South-South, Mr. Peter Essien disclosed this in Calabar, the state capital when he paid a visit to the Chairman of Ikom Local Government Council, Dr. Tony Ngban Essien.
The representatives of the United Nations Organization and World Health Organization office in Abuja, also said 14 of the rescued victims were from Ikom and 45 of the victims from Yala Local Government Area.
He said because of the proximity of the council to the international border in Mfum, it facilitated the agency’s operations in the state adding that the agency was in Ikom to prepare grounds for the hosting of stakeholders sensitization workshop to be held in the area.
Responding, the council chairman, Dr. Tony Ngban condemned the act of human trafficking and child abuse which he described as modern day slavery.
Ngban commended NAPTIP for a job well done and promised the Council’s maximum cooperation with the agency to enable it succeed in its onerous task of eradicating human trafficking and child abuse.