By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—NATIONAL Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, has disclosed that no fewer than 3,500 victims of human trafficking in Edo and Delta States have been rescued by the agency.
This was disclosed by the Benin Zonal Commander of the agency, Mr. Nduka Nwanwenne, during the profiling of 150 victims, mostly girls, in Benin City, Edo State.
He also disclosed that over 3,000 victims were rescued during covert operations by officials of NAPTIP from 2003 to December 2017, adding that over 1,250 other victims, who were recently repatriated from Libya, following the intervention of the Federal Government, had been received by the agency.
He said: “Since the repatriation started, we have received about 1,250 victims from Edo and Delta states. For the Benin zonal command, we have about 3,500 victims that had been rescued as of December, 2017.
“The empowerment is in various vocational skills because the Director-General of the agency, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, wants the victims to settle down fully and get on with their lives.
“The plan is to empower them in the areas of catering and hotel management, cosmetology, fashion and design, bead-making, shoe-making and photography. But there are also some that want to go back to school.”
“Of course, the agency is ready to sponsor them because some are already in school. If the victims are not empowered, they become vulnerable to the traffickers.
“After the profiling, the next stage will be for them (victims) to receive their empowerment packs and the ones that have not been trained will be trained,” he added.