National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, in collaboration with the United Nations Office on drugs and Crimes, UNODC, has launched a National Referral Mechanism, NRM, document which is a tool developed to assist care givers and service providers in mobilising resources for the protection and assistance service to trafficked persons in Nigeria.
Speaking at the launch in Abuja, the acting Director-General of NAPTIP, Alhaji Abdulrazak Dangiri said the aim of the referral document was to assist the agency coordinate the mobilisation of enormous resources among specialised service providers involved in providing protection and assistance services to trafficked persons in line with international standards and best practices.
He said that the document is apt, adding that if a trafficked persons were not appropriately rehabilitated, they would be vulnerable to being retrafficked or engaged in other societal vices detrimental to the development and peace of the nation.
The NAPTIP boss, however enjoined the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari to embrace the strength in this referral document as a valuable tool in the implementation of the Social Protection Plan of this administration being coordinated by the Office of the Special Assistance to the President on Social Welfare Protection.
He also appreciated those ministries, agencies, and organisations who contributed to the development of the NRM document.
In her remarks, the UNODC Country Representative, Ms. Cristina Albertin appreciated NAPTIP for the official launch of NRM for the protection and assistance to trafficked persons in Nigeria which has been organised by the agency on the occasion of the International Anti-Human Trafficking Day that held on 30th July.
She said that International Day against Human Trafficking is a stark reminder of the cruel and brutal reality that millions of people, women and children still endure.
Albertin said that the victims trafficked and enslaved for the sole purpose of exploitation for profit in form of sexual- commercial exploitation, forced labour, illegal adoption, forced marriages, removal of organs and others.

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