Police rescue 170 victims of human trafficking

HEAD of the Human Trafficking Unit, Nigeria Police Force, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Juliana Abah, has disclosed that the unit rescued over 170 victims of human traffickers in the outgoing year.

She said although the unit did not go abroad to arrest suspected traffickers, “132 traffickers were arrested internally.”

Mrs Abah in an interview with the Nigerian Compass at a workshop on Violence Against Women in Abuja, said more than 70 young girls had been rescued and reintegrated with their families, while close to 100 girls have been rehabilitated.

She revealed that most of the times, the suspects procured babies from pregnancies carried by their victims at between N30,000 and N40,000, depending on the sex, and sold them for between N300,000 and N400,000, also depending on the sex.

Speaking further on efforts made her unit to checkmate human trafficking, Mrs. Abah said the suspects were being prosecuted at different courts of law.

She advocated for special courts to prosecute human traffickers since “justice delayed is justice denied.”

Citing a particular case the unit was prosecuting, a medical doctor in Aba charged with illegal adoption and sale of babies, Mrs. Abah regretted that the prosecution was inhibited because judicial officers were on strike.

This kind of situation, she lamented, makes it difficult for suspects to be properly prosecuted.
“We don’t have settlement homes and it becomes difficult for the unit to continue holding victims that could provide evidence in courts,” she said.

She praised the efforts of agencies and individuals, such as UNICEF, UNIFEM, the Inspector-General of Police and NAPTIP for training and retraining of officers and for creating a child-friendly environment.
According to her, more than 5,000 officers have been trained and re-trained in the past one year.

source: http://www.compassnews.net/Ng/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37539:police-rescue-170-victims-of-human-trafficking&catid=43:news&Itemid=799

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