Child trafficking: Bayelsa Govt. cautions parents on children's company

FILE PHOTO: Child trafficking: to attract years of imprisonment in Edo State.

FILE PHOTO: Children involved in human trafficking.

The Bayelsa Government has advised parents to be cautious about the kind of friendship their female children keep, to avoid being trafficked.

The Director-General of the state’s Girl Child Protection Bureau, Mrs Juliet Zifawei, gave the advice in Yenagoa on Wednesday during her presentation at the ongoing Inter-Ministerial and Agencies’ Briefing.

The that the briefing is part of activities marking Gov. Seriake Dickson’s six years in office.

Dickson will clock six years in office on Feb. 14.

The briefing tagged: “Restoration Government at Six: Our Score Card in Focus,’’ started on Jan. 22 and will end on Feb. 9.

Zufawei also called on parents to take proper care of their female children whom she said, were often victims of human trafficking due to lack of basic needs and parental care.

She disclosed that a Special Prosecutor had been appointed by Gov. Dickson to prosecute those who defiled young girls.

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She said the appointee would ensure prosecution of any case of abuse and violence against any girl-child in the state.

“If found guilty, the person will be sent to prison to serve as deterrent to others.

“My office has over the years been working hard to ensure that some of those girl children abused are taken to protective custody and hospitals for treatment.

“We have been working with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to curb cases of girl child trafficking in the state.

“The signing of the Child Right Bill into law by the Governor has helped in the reduction of trafficking of young girls in the state,” the director-general added.