The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Human Beings (NAPTIP) announced on Tuesday that it had rescued 350 Nigerians smuggled into Libya and arrested six traffickers from January to date.
Mr Aganran Alao , the Zonal Commander, NAPTIP, Lagos, announced this in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN).
On the sidelines of a town hall meeting, he spoke on the subject: “Promoting local opportunities as an alternative to irregular migration “Organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
“ The agency is committed to reducing trafficking in human beings to the bare minimum and we would ensure that this happens.p>
“From January to date, we have rescued 350 Nigerians from Libya who were victims of human trafficking and we have arrested six people in connection with this.
” The public must always make sure that traffickers don’t express their despair ht exploit it as this is one of the main ways traffickers get people into the system, ”he said.
Alao revealed that the agency had started a media campaign and grassroots awareness raising because grassroots people were soft targets for human traffickers.
“We are running media campaigns and a lot of community awareness to educate people in these areas about the dangers of irregular migration and its aftermath.
“People face the devastating effects of irregular migration and their is always a different picture of what traffickers draw because they are only pursuing their selfish interests,” he said.
He urged urge the public to report suspicious trafficking and human trafficking cases in their respective communities.