The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has revealed that the majority of human trafficking and adoption crimes in Nigeria are perpetrated by women.
This was disclosed by the Director-General of NAPTIP, Fatima Waziri-Azi, during a workshop organized for non-governmental organizations in Akwa Ibom, Anambra, and Cross River states.
The workshop took place on Thursday, May 25, 2023, and Waziri-Azi’s statement was conveyed by Arinze Orakwue, who represented her at the event.
Waziri-Azi lamented the alarming involvement of women in trafficking offenses within Nigeria.
She said, “The agency has done well and is still doing well, striving to protect all persons against human trafficking and violence against persons through people-centred access to justice and the provision of safe spaces.
“It is sad that most of the human trafficking and adoption crimes reported to the agency are committed by women
“This workshop is aimed at equipping NGOs involved in the fight against human trafficking and teaching them the social dangers of child labour, battery and other domestic crimes.
“This will help address emerging issues in the trafficking of persons and illegal adoption procedures in the country.
“We are advocating increased enlightenment, especially at the grassroots, where many people ignorantly give out their children and also where these crimes are mostly committed.”