Human Trafficking: FG Launches National Guidelines To Assist Victims

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The Federal Government has launched a national guidelines developed to assist caregivers and service providers in mobilising resources for the protection and assistance service to victims of human trafficking in Nigeria.

The document titled: “Guidelines on National Referral Mechanism for Protection and Assistance to Trafficked Persons in Nigeria (NRM)” was developed by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) and was launched by the government as part of programmes marking the 2016 International Anti-Human Trafficking Day.

Speaking at the launching Acting Director-General of NAPTIP, Alhaji Abdulrazak Dangiri, said it was unfortunate that the country lacked coordination of rehabilitation procedures as a result of absence of documented guidelines.

He explained that the guidelines being launched clearly spell out the roles and responsibilities of duty bearers in the service chain.

According to the NAPTIP boss, the agency has so far rescued Over 5,000 out of about two million Nigerian young girls and boys trafficked within Nigeria and to various foreign countries for sexual exploitation and hard labour.