In its bid to strengthen fight against human trafficking, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, in collaboration with the government of the Netherlands yesterday interacted with judicial officers of superior courts on growing trends in the fight against human trafficking.
Director General of the agency, Mrs. Beatrice Jedy- Agba said that the interactive workshop which held in Abuja was to share experience and information between NAPTIP and the judiciary on the trends and patterns of trafficking as well as fostering the existing relationship in the fight against human trafficking.
Jedy-Agba said, “We are aware that human trafficking is an offense that transcends borders; so it’s very important that an opportunity is created for the judiciary and law enforcement agents to share experience on their ability to handle trafficking and what have been challenges so far, what have been the trends in other to update themselves on what is going on globally.
“Also Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, TIPPEA, was re-enacted on 26th of March, 2015, primarily to re-position the Agency and provide an effective and comprehensive legal and institutional framework for the prohibition, prevention, detection, prosecution and punishment for crimes of human trafficking. So, it is an opportunity to interact with the judges on the highlights of the amendment of the law.”
She disclosed that the workshop was carried out in collaboration with the government of the Netherlands as part of the implementation of a three year mutual Agreement on the Development of Non-operational Cooperation between NAPTIP and the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service and the Dutch National Police Agency, KLPD, entered into on 6th December, 2011.
According to her, the Agreement on Non-operational Co-operation is a huge investment by the government of the Netherlands towards improving operational capacity in the agency and national response in Nigeria’s effort to combat trafficking in persons.
Jedy-Agba said that human traffickers have become more technologically advanced in the perpetration of their nefarious activities to beat detection, which has resulted in the need for a corresponding response by the agency, noting that this could be done by ensuring that investigators and prosecutors were abreast with modern technology and technicalities in law.
She said that NAPTIP works with partners; state government, local government and NGOs to address most of the causes aggravating circumstance of human trafficking cases such as poverty, unemployment and underemployment.
The NAPTIP boss, however, hoped the opportunity would strengthen the existing relationship between the judiciary and the agency in their collective resolve to tackle human trafficking.

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