Human Traffickers Make $33b Yearly —NAPTIP Chief


Apart from illicit drug deals and crimes, human trafficking seems to be a lucrative global business as most barons in human in the business earn on the average $33 billion yearly.

Josiah Emerole, Head, Lagos Zonal Office of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other Related Matters, NAPTIP, dropped this hint during an interview with P.M.NEWS in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

Speaking on human trafficking that has over the years acquired a global dimension, Emerole said in the global crime statistics, illicit drug and crimes come first and second respectively in the chart, while human trafficking comes third with barons smiling to their banks every year with billions of dollars creamed from the criminal deals.

According to Emerole, the business of trafficking in human beings is a complex one as the faceless barons, who in most cases are always resident abroad, could form a series of channels and chains for carrying out their criminal activities.

These barons abroad could recruit their relatives in villages especially in Edo and Cross River states under the guise of planning to assists under aged children to either get a job or education in Italy, but the underaged, especially girls could be hired out as prostitutes to wealthy persons and hotel owners abroad for monetary returns, he said.

He told members of the Immigration Lawyers Forum, led by the Vice Chairman, Barrister Silas Udoh, who visited his office, that the agency since has opened offices in all the local government areas, airports and border towns across Nigeria, the partnership between NAPTIP and the Immigration Lawyers Forum is a welcome idea, as it could ensure that the two bodies work closely together to checkmate the embarrassing menace of human trafficking in Nigeria.

Barrister Udoh thanked Emerole for accepting to work with the forum and assured the agency of the wilingness of the forum to partner with it to eradicate human trafficking in the country.

—Emmanuel Udom