The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says it has rescued 104 victims of human trafficking en route to Europe through Libya.
The agency’s Director-General, Basheer Garba Muhammed, disclosed this in Abuja while speaking on NAPTIP’s renewed offensive against human traffickers across the country.
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Muhammed said eight persons with links to a trafficking ring were also arrested in the process.
He said efforts have been intensified to apprehend other members of the trafficking syndicates who are at large.
“No matter where the traffickers go to deceive and recruit victims, they will always meet us at the exit point. Their field days in the illicit business of human trafficking and child labour are over.
“We are determined to run them out of business and even send them to jail unless they desist from their nefarious activities and find other legitimate venture to engage in.
“I wish to appeal to parents to desist from giving out their children for any unclear or unverified adventure.
“It is important to contact NAPTIP when confronted with a juicy offer of help that entails taking your children abroad.
“Do not sell your children into slavery”, Muhammed said.
He commended other law enforcement agencies for their collaboration with NAPTIP which, he said, has resulted in the arrest of suspects and rescue of the victims.