Immigration Rescues Trafficked Victims In Oyo Borders
The Oyo State Command of Nigeria Immigration Service said its men had rescued not less than 88 trafficked victims between January and July, 2018.
Foluso Akintola, the Assistant Comptroller of Immigration in charge of Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit, made this disclosure while talking to news men on Tuesday, October 16, in Ibadan.
Akintola said that the command arrested 12 suspected human traffickers, including 37 end-users of the victims.
One Togolese victim and one person who was supposed to be her end-user were handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for rehabilitation and prosecution.
He also disclosed that 18 victims and two traffickers were repatriated to Republic of Benin and Togo, respectively, through their consular offices.
"Our command facilitated the reunification of Nigerians, Beninoise and Togolese trafficked victims with their biological parents residing in the state"
Akintola further said that the incidence of human trafficking was declining in the area and attributed it to the efforts of the officers in the command.
He called for collaboration, especially in regular education and sensitisation of the people, as this would help to further reduce the cases in the state.
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