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NAPTIP warns young people against online jobs

Director General of NAPTIP, Dr. Fatima Waziri-Azi

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Human Trafficking, NAPTIP, has warned young people and parents to beware of online job offers abroad, as human traffickers are now taking advantage of technology digital to trick unsuspecting people and traffic them.

The Director General of NAPTIP, Dr. Fatima Waziri-Azi said so during a press conference ahead of the World Day Against Human Trafficking which will be commemorated on the 30th of this month.

Dr. Waziri-Azi said that while the agency had stepped up its efforts to crack down on the perpetrators of the threat, the traffickers were becoming more sophisticated by shifting from physical recruitment to virtual victim recruitment and proxy trading.

She observed that the Internet had become easy access to a large pool of potential victims because geographical boundaries no longer existed, increasing the ease with which traffickers located and recruited their victims, controlled and arranged their transportation, communicated between the perpetrators and concealed the criminals. process.

According to Dr. Waziri-Azi, the agency in collaboration with its partners has lined up activities to commemorate the World Day Against Human Trafficking which include a private inter-university debate on this year’s theme ”Use and Abuse of Technology ”, anti-trafficking awareness walk, unprecedented football match and celebration with victims of human trafficking.

The Team Leader, Counter-Trafficking Programme, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, Ms. Abimbola Adewumi expressed concern that most of the victims found in West Africa were male and female children trafficked to work in plantations, mines and quarries and as vendors.

Ms Adewumi, who said most of the victims were from poor households and dysfunctional families, urged threat actors to be more proactive in identifying new trends by stepping up intelligence gathering to stem the wave of human trafficking in Nigeria.

Reporting by Bose Ijelekhai, editing by Daniel Adejo