The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says that a larger percentage of trafficking and adoption crimes in the country are committed by women.
Prof. Fatima Waziri-Azi, Director-General, NAPTIP, made this known on Thursday at the ongoing workshop in Awka, organized for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from Anambra, Akwa Ibom, and Cross River states.
Waziri-Azi, represented by Mr. Arinze Orakwue, Director, Training and Manpower Development of the agency, said it was sad that women who were supposed to be nurturers in society commit a larger percentage of trafficking and adoption crimes.
“The Agency has done well and is still doing well, striving to protect all persons against human trafficking and violence against persons through people-centered access to justice and the provision of safe spaces.
“It is sad that most of the human trafficking and adoption crimes reported to the agency are committed by women.
“This workshop is aimed at equipping NGOs involved in the fight against human trafficking and teaching them the social dangers of child labor, battery, and other domestic crimes.
“This will help address emerging issues in trafficking in persons and illegal adoption procedures in the country.
“We are advocating increased enlightenment, especially at the grassroots, where many people ignorantly give out their children and where these crimes are mostly committed,” she said.
The Director-General said the agency is committed to maintaining a partnership with the Anambra State Government to eliminate the prevailing challenges in the fight against human trafficking.
Also speaking, the wife of the Anambra State Governor, Dr. Nonye Soludo, said the state government is taking necessary steps to check the growing cases of child trafficking and illegal adoptions.
She called for the establishment of effective feedback platforms to get reports on the welfare of legally adopted children.
“Conscious and collective actions are needed to tackle the challenges in the fight against child trafficking.
“The rising cases of violence against children at the hands of guardians are unacceptable. There is a need for stronger child protection legislation, increased education, awareness, and community dialogues in the country.
“I really commend the efforts of the state Ministry of Women and Social Welfare in tackling human trafficking, domestic violence, and illegal adoptions in Anambra,” she said.