About 60-80 percent of Europe’s commercial sex workers are Nigerians, even as teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 are been trafficked in the country, according to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffick in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP) has said.
The agency also said about eight million Nigerian children are engaged in exploitative child labour, just as it expressed concerned that Edo State have been identified as a source State for the recruitment of young females for sexual exploitation.
The Executive Secretary of NAPTIP, Mrs. Beatrice Jedy-Agba made the alarming revelation at a stakeholders programme titled: ‘The Community Dialogue on Human Trafficking’ in Benin City on Monday.
Represented by the agency’s Director of Public Enlightenment, Mrs. Lado Ayegbusi, Jedy-Agba the meeting was convened to dialogue, recognize and fashion out ways to tackle the menace.
Besides, she explained that The Community dialogue/ sensitization was a deliberate strategy to sensitize, educate and inform participant about children and women.
Her words: “Notable and common trafficking routes are identified as Mali, Morocco, and by boat to Spain or West coast to Libya or Saudi Arabia,”.