Director General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Mrs. Beatrice Jedy-Agba, has said it is not going to be business as usual for human traffickers, as the government has imposed stiffer penalties on the crimes.
Jedy-Agba recently said this at a two-day training workshop on human trafficking organised for media practitioners in Minna, Niger State.
She said that despite the availability of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015, TIPPEAA, in Nigeria and ongoing efforts, particularly in Public communication, the problem of trafficking in the country is still on the increase.
The director general explained to the journalists that the NAPTIP Act was primarily re-enacted early this year to create more effective, comprehensive legal and institutional framework for prohibition, prevention, detention, prosecution and punishment of human traffickers.
She said that human trafficking is a complex form of crime and requires proper understanding and collective effort both from the media and other security agencies.
According to her, in spite of the achievements of NAPTIP, many people are not ready to work with the agency to secure convictions.
“More worrisome, people still make the daring trip across the Mediterranean everyday and a significant number of Nigerians are among them,” she said.
She further said that the agency has been doing a lot in the areas of prevention, protection and assistance to the victims as well as prosecution.
Mrs. Jedy-Agba therefore challenged the media to strengthen efforts on human trafficking reportage, especially human-interest features to make children, women and society at large be at peace.
She hoped that the two-day workshop would help journalists to understand the prevailing enormity of human trafficking.
Speaking also, the Head, Press and Public Relations of NAPTIP, Mr. Josiah Emerole said trafficking in persons is a global problem, which has become a matter of great concern to all men of good will.
Emerole also expressed optimism that training would go a long way in equipping reporters on issues of human trafficking and to strengthen NAPTIP/Media efforts in tackling the menace in Nigeria.

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