NAPTIP Launches App To Help Fight Human Trafficking
In 2016, the International Organization for Migration estimates that around 11,000 women and 3,000 children who arrived by sea in Italy in 2016 were from Nigeria.
According to IOM Nigeria ranks high among African countries where thousands of women and children are trafficked illegally.
To combat this, Nigeria's anti-trafficking agency, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has launched an app called the "NAPTIP iReport app"
The app allows people to report cases of human trafficking in the country, by alerting local authorities on incidents via the app.
The Director-General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli in a recent interview said human trafficking networks were recording huge profits from their activities, as more young women who say they are trying to escape poverty in the country become victims of traffickers.
Using the app, the agency hopes to improve its chances of prosecuting these criminals, after it revealed that since its establishment in 2003, it has secured convictions in 359 criminal cases against human traffickers.
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