The Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), Enugu state chapter, is in partnership with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) to eradicate human trafficking, especially trafficking in children.
NACTAL’s coordinator in Enugu, Ambassador Amarachi Kene-Okafor, disclosed this Friday during a media engagement for the commemoration of the “2022 World Day Against Trafficking In Persons” held at the Christian Retreat Centre, Enugu.
Speaking on the theme, “The use and abuse of Technology,” Kene-Okafor said NACTAL and NAPTIP were working in synergy to nip child trafficking in the bud.
“NACTAL is in all states of the Federation and in FCT and as a network of CSOs that work closely with NAPTIP, we shall do all within our power to ensure that trafficking in persons is eradicated in our country and in Enugu in partner,” she said.
She noted that the emergence of Covid-19 aided the increase in the use of technology, stressing that “because of the Covid-19 pandemic traffickers sought the cyber space to perpetrate their nefarious activities.”
According to her, traffickers cash in on crisis situations to ply their trade knowing that at a chaotic situation, people can seek help of any kind.
“Criminals profit from the chaos, desperation, and separation of people, particularly women and children, from support systems and family members.
“For people on the move, online resources can become a trap, especially when it comes to phony travel arrangements and fake job offers targeting vulnerable groups.”
In her speech, the zonal commander of NAPTIP for South-east, Nneka Ajia, said human trafficking was akin to modern slavery.