National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Lagos Command has cautioned Nigerians on the need to disembark from unplanned trip abroad and other African countries.
During the 2019 World Day Against Human Trafficking, the Commandant of NAPTIP in Lagos State, Daniel Atokolo enjoined victims to expose human traffickers.
Mr Atokolo, who was speaking with Journalists International Forum for Migration in Lagos, said the agency had registered 403 convictions across Nigeria since 2013 and out of the 85 convictions recorded, 15 of them were from Lagos State.
According to him, this method of sensitisation is to bring to the notice of ‘Lagosians’ and Nigerians on the dangers on human trafficking.
“We were able to bring back a lady trafficked to Oman recently based on tips from the relatives of the victim. We did the same in Libya and Egypt.
“Thousands of youths lured into several countries through deceits were regretting their actions because their expectations were not met having found out that the realities in those nations were opposite of their expectations,” Atokolo stated.
He said the agency was ready to improve the lives of returnees and help them to rediscover their talents through several rehabilitation schemes.
Atokolo said the agency was ready to consolidate on its advocacies at schools, markets, local governments and rural communities to frustrate those profiting from luring the youths abroad to prostitution and other forms of illicit trades.