By Aluta News
Jan. 12, 2024
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Anambra on Friday said it arrested 18 suspected human traffickers and rescued 41 victims from January to December 2023.
Its state Public Relations Officer, Mr Anthony Okafor, made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Awka.
Okafor said a total of 25 human trafficking cases were reported to the agency in the year under review.
According to him, out of 25 cases, seven are being prosecuted, while 17 others are still under investigation.
Okafor said there was no conviction of suspects under trial that was secured in 2023.
“What we expect from the residents is prompt reporting of cases when they happen in line with the slogan,“when you see something, you say something.
“We encourage the public to always report cases of human trafficking to NAPTIP and such cases will be handled professionally and offenders will be diligently prosecuted.
While commending the state government for its support, Okafor underscored for more efforts to strengthen and sustain the fight against human trafficking.
“We cannot do it alone, but with government cooperation and support, cases of human trafficking will be reduced to the barest minimum in the state,’’ he said.