Thursday, April 13, 2006

Nigeria Strengthens Sex Trafficking Laws

In an article posted on the Africast website yesterday, Reuters reports that Nigeria is strengthening its sex trafficking laws by going after pimps who use underage girls for prostitution, imposing heavy fines on traffickers, and redistributing the wealth seized from trafficking offenders to aid their victims.

Carol Ndaguba, executive secretary of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP), said:
Human trafficking ... has assumed dangerous dimensions that require urgent and drastic attention. We are determined to stamp out human trafficking, liberate and uplift the vulnerable, especially women and children, from dehumanising and exploitative employment and usage."
The women and girls trafficked from Nigeria are most often prostituted in European countries like Italy, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands

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