Trafficking is the trade
of humans which involves the practice of illegally transporting people from one
country or area to another, usually for the purposes of forced labour or sexual
exploitation. Most of the trafficked women and children are usually recruited
from the rural areas within the country’s border with the promise of a better
life or future. They are usually oblivious of what seems to await them. Nigeria
has been said to be the leading African country with the highest number in
human trafficking both domestic and cross border.

Italy has the highest
number of Nigerians victimized to human trafficking. These Nigerians are
usually promised better education and future. When they arrive the country,
they are forced into prostitution. Children are not left out. They are usually
taken from Nigeria to other West and Central African countries like Ghana,
Chad, Benin and Togo or they are moved from a disadvantaged state to another
where they are forced to act as domestic servants.

Nigeria has taken steps to
minimize and prevent human trafficking both domestic and cross border. There is
the 2002 Trafficking in Persons Law Enforcement and Administration Act amended
in 2005 to prohibits all forms of human trafficking and increase its penalties.
The Child Rights Act 2003 equally prohibits the trafficking of children.

Section 13, Trafficking
In Person (Prohinbition) Enforcement And Administration Act 2015
that –

person who recruits, transports, transfers, harbours or receives another person
by means of –

a.  Threat or use of force or other forms of

b. Abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or
position of  vulnerability;

c.  Giving or receiving of payments or
benefits to achieve the consent or control of a person having control over
another person, for the purpose of exploiting that person;

an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment of not less than 2 years
and a fine of not less than N250,000.

If the Act prohibiting trafficking
of persons is being enforceable, why are there many persons who are still being
transported domestically and across border? 
What is Nigeria doing to curb the activities of people engaged in human

The various issues and
challenges of preventing trafficking and the way forward would be discussed at
the Plenary Session of the NBA Annual General Conference scheduled to hold on;

Wednesday, 28th August 2019

Time:  9.00 – 10.30

Zinnia, Eko Hotel


Moderator: Priscilla Kuye

Panelists:     Prof. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, OON

Dr. Anselm Abonyi

Kaka S. Lawan

Joint the discussion