DELTA GOVT REITERATES ITS COMMITMENT IN FIGHTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Thu Dec 12 2019
The Delta State Government has reiterated its commitment to spare no effort in defeating the scourge of human trafficking prevalent in some parts of the State.
The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor who is also the Chairman of the State Taskforce on Human Trafficking made this known on Monday at the opening ceremony of a-two day symposium organized by the Attorneys General Alliance and Africa Alliance Partnership in collaboration with the Delta State Taskforce on Human Trafficking and Irregular Migration.
Peter Mrakpor, while welcoming participants to the two-day symposium with the theme “Winning in the Fight Against Human Trafficking in Nigeria” expressed deep worries at the spread of the illegal trade which he succinctly described as an evil trade and man’s inhumanity to man, adding that the menace represents one of the most pressing human rights violations in the world.
The Delta A-G who expressed the State Government’s commitment in dealing with the human trafficking crime in spite of its complex and fast expanding nature, particularly in the area of trafficking in children and teenagers either for sexual exploitation, forced labour, organ harvest or recruitment of child beggars or soldiers, calls for the strengthening of enforcement mechanisms against the menace.
He disclosed that the Delta State Taskforce on Human Trafficking has concluded plans to take its sensitization campaign to the 25 Local Government Areas of the State as part of measures to stem the ugly tide.
Meanwhile, the Delta State Government has been described as a trailblazer in setting up the Taskforce on Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration.
This was made known by the Workshop Coordinator, Ebelechukwu Enedah in her welcome address. “This laudable step by the Delta State Government in being amongst the first states in Nigeria to set up the taskforce is highly commendable and worthy of emulation by other states in Nigeria” The Workshop Coordinator said.
Also speaking, the Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Dame Julie Okah-Donli stated that in order to give potency and force to the fight against Trafficking in Persons, the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act (TIPPEA) was re-enacted and it came into effect on the 26th day of March, 2015.
The D-G explained that the crux of the law was to re-position the Agency to be more responsive to the onerous challenges associated with combating the scourge in all ramifications as well as to provide justice to victims of human trafficking.
She expressed optimism that the symposium will sharpen the skills of prosecutors and other partners in order to ensure that victims of human trafficking are not left without adequate justice.
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Ministry of Justice