Save the Child Initiative of Nigeria, an NGO, has urged the Federal Government to provide more support and shelter for human trafficking victims in the country.
Malam Abdulganiyu Abubakar, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the group, made the call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency , on Thursday in Abuja, at the launch of Special Report on Human Trafficking in Nigeria.
According to him, many victims of sex and labour trafficking struggle with unaddressed health challenges, poverty and abhorrent conditions upon their return to the country.
“Such persons require adequate support to rebuild their lives,” he declared.
He said that a research conducted from 2017 till date, and interviews from survivors within the country and across Europe, showed that government had made some efforts, adding, however, that more needed to be done.
“Nigeria has become a fertile ground for human trafficking with the highest number of victims due to lack of social protection for those living in poverty.
“The government needs to enforce laws against trafficking and irregular migration to curb human trafficking in the country.
“So, I want to call on our government to provide more support and put up good laws that will prohibit and, if possible, bring trafficking to a complete end,” he said.
The official revealed that victims of human trafficking were often forced into prostitution, pornography, child labour, suicide bombing and ritual activities in other countries.
Abubakar said that human trafficking had contributed to humanitarian crisis around the globe, hence the need to make laws to end the menace.
The director urged government and civil society organisations to tackle the seemingly endless losses of Nigerian lives caused by irregular illicit migration, calling for a political commitment to end it.
He advised youths in the country to desist from any act that would warrant them being trafficked or lured into prostitution and committing other crimes.
Edited by Chioma Ugboma and Ephraims Sheyin