NAPTIP launches global hunt for human trafficking barons

Director General of NAPTIP, Barr Julie Okah-Donli

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, (NAPTIP) has called for the arrest and prosecution of foreign-based human trafficking barons whose activities threaten global anti-human trafficking efforts.

Director-General of the Agency, Julie Okah-Donli, who stated this in Abuja while receiving a delegation from the Spanish embassy, specifically tasked members of the European Union (EU) and other international organisations to provide useful intelligence on the operational base and location of the human trafficking ‘mafia’ for the purpose of bursting their rings and making them to face the law.

The delegation, led by Mr. Raphael Mouib was at NAPTIP headquarters to brief the management on the scope and the implementation strategy of the 11th European Development Fund project (EDF).

She gave the same message when she received the Director, Migration Dialogues and Cooperation of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) Martijn Pluim.

She also met with the Police Attaches of the German Embassy, Mr. Dominic Muller and the Embassy of the Netherlands, Captain Bert Kiburg. Okah-Donli told the visiting envoys that blowing the lead off the European-based human trafficking barons who have continuously mounted pressure on their home-based pimps for massive recruitment of victims would be a major boost to the current onslaught on human traffickers.

Her words: “The arrest and prosecution of those human traffickers that are based in any of the European countries is very crucial to our latest efforts to end human trafficking in Nigeria.

“We are imploring you to join hands with the government of Nigeria and NAPTIP in intelligence sharing aimed at exposing those foreign based human trafficking rings who are believed to be behind the exploitation of our youths.

“We want them to be exposed and made to face the wrath of the law. This is one of the ways of ensuring success of the latest fight against human trafficking.”

While assuring the donors of NAPTIP’s continued cooperation and assistance towards human trafficking related projects, the NAPTIP boss disclosed that the Agency was in the process of developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that would clearly spell out the procedure for the implementation of a Spanish sponsored project.



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