Daily Trust (Abuja)

27 January 2011

Nigeria: Five Hundred Victims of Human Trafficking Rescued in Sokoto

Sokoto — Five hundred victims of human trafficking have been rescued within the Sokoto zone, NAPTIP Zonal Coordinator, Alhaji Shehu Umar has said. Umar who disclosed this while speaking on the human trafficking situation in the zone yesterday, said they received about 102 human trafficking cases since inception of the zone in 2006 and investigated all.

According to him, most of the victims have been counseled and re-integrated into the society. He said available records indicated that there was a reduction in the crime, saying, "When we came on board, we received cases almost every week or two, but now since last week till date, I think the number of traffickers have reduced with the victims". The NAPTIP coordinator however noted, "But that does not mean that the trafficking cases have stopped completely.

One reason may be that they have developed another system in beating the security because from the information I received from our counterparts in Niger, they still find their ways through our porous borders and most of the time they don't follow the normal route in order to beat the security."

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