The woman in charge of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons, Julie Okah-Donli, wants to make an important clarification.

Not all human trafficking victims are prostitutes even though they maybe forced to engage in the sex trade.

So, Okah-Donli was speaking in New York where a film on human trafficking in Nigeria was screened over the weekend. 

She used the opportunity to warn Nigerians against referring to trafficked persons as prostitutes, saying they are victims, not criminals.


“A prostitute works for herself and calls the shots. But somebody who is sexually exploited does not work for herself. She works for someone else and does not even have the freedom or access to the money,” she said.

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She noted that the prostitution trade, which draws its recruits mainly from human trafficking, is estimated at roughly 150 billion dollars annually.

According to her, her agency, NAPTIP has rescued no fewer than 13,000 trafficked persons, prosecuted about 339 traffickers and have rehabilitated about 8,000 victims as well.

The movie, ‘Mrs Adams’, which premiered at the Nigeria House, came at a time Nigerians and Africans are taking the perilous Mediterranean Sea route to Europe.

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