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Human Trafficking: 22 Nigerian Teenagers Rescued In Niger Republic

The rescued victims are aged between 15 and 20 and were being trafficked for labour in Libya.

The Sokoto State command of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says it has rescued 22 victims of human trafficking who were being taking to Tripoli, the capital of Libya.

Abubakar Bashiru, Zonal Commander of NAPTIP in Sokoto State, Northwest Nigeria said the victims were rescued in Niger Republic following an interception and were handed over by officers of the Nigeria Police to the Nigeria Immigration Service officers at the Ilela border. 

Bashiru revealed that the victims were between the ages of 15 to 20 years. He said that they were handed over to NAPTIP by Immigration officials at the Ilelah border. 

The NAPTIP Zonal Commander stated that despite the public outcry and sensitisation on the dangers of trafficking, many parents of victims of trafficking are always found complicit in the commission of the crime.

Trafficking of teenagers through deserts to  Libya has become a growing trend in Nigeria recently. Humangle reported the rescue of seven teenagers billed for trafficking to Libya through Cote D’ Ivoire.

Human trafficking remains a serious crime under international law and the third most common crime in Nigeria.

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