Jul 29, 2019

Trafficking in Persons and Irregular Domestic and Cross Border Migration #NBAAGC2019

Trafficking is the trade of humans which involves the practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another, usually for the purposes of forced labour or sexual exploitation. Most of the trafficked women and children are usually recruited from the rural areas within the country’s border with the promise of a better life or future. They are usually oblivious of what seems to await them. Nigeria has been said to be the leading African country with the highest number in human trafficking both domestic and cross border.

Italy has the highest number of Nigerians victimized to human trafficking. These Nigerians are usually promised better education and future. When they arrive the country, they are forced into prostitution. Children are not left out. They are usually taken from Nigeria to other West and Central African countries like Ghana, Chad, Benin and Togo or they are moved from a disadvantaged state to another where they are forced to act as domestic servants.

Nigeria has taken steps to minimize and prevent human trafficking both domestic and cross border. There is the 2002 Trafficking in Persons Law Enforcement and Administration Act amended in 2005 to prohibits all forms of human trafficking and increase its penalties. The Child Rights Act 2003 equally prohibits the trafficking of children.

Section 13, Trafficking In Person (Prohinbition) Enforcement And Administration Act 2015 provivdes that –

Any person who recruits, transports, transfers, harbours or receives another person by means of –

a.  Threat or use of force or other forms of coercion.

b. Abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or position of  vulnerability;

c.  Giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent or control of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploiting that person;

Commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment of not less than 2 years and a fine of not less than N250,000.

If the Act prohibiting trafficking of persons is being enforceable, why are there many persons who are still being transported domestically and across border?  What is Nigeria doing to curb the activities of people engaged in human trafficking?

The various issues and challenges of preventing trafficking and the way forward would be discussed at the Plenary Session of the NBA Annual General Conference scheduled to hold on;

Date: Wednesday, 28th August 2019

Time:  9.00 – 10.30

Venue: Zinnia, Eko Hotel


Moderator: Priscilla Kuye

Panelists:     Prof. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, OON

Dr. Anselm Abonyi

Kaka S. Lawan

Joint the discussion