By Our Reporter
The Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Mrs Julie Okah-Donli yesterday urged the owner of a Lagos baby factory to report to the agency or the police.
She said this in Lagos at a two-day capacity building workshop for aviation stakeholders.
Okah-Donli said 29 ladies were handed over to the agency, stressing that 17 of them were four to eight months pregnant.
She said the agency had prepared for their delivery with the support of the agency’s partners, including United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United States and United Kingdom governments who provided food and baby materials, among other things.
Okah-Donli urged the woman named Nkechi, who allegedly camped the girls, to report to the police or NAPTIP for investigation.
She said the agency has prosecuted and secured conviction for 404 human traffickers in 16 years.
Okah-Donli said about 17,000 victims were rescued and counselled, stressing that a good number of them have been empowered, including five victims who were trained from primary school to the university, now employed by the agency.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that participants were drawn from IATA, Nigerians Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), airliners and travel agents.
The DG said that the agency had established Task Force on human trafficking in four states in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, a register containing names of men that had been prosecuted for sexually assaulting women in Nigeria would be launch soon by NAPTIP.
Okah-Donli said the sex offenders register was another concept aimed at naming and shaming of sex offenders in the country, saying that the list would contain any one convicted and investigated for the crime.