The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and Related Matters (NAPTIP) in collaboration with the Prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) has commenced a training and rehabilitation program for women and girls freed from abduction, trafficking, and forced labor in Kano.
Kano State Zonal Commandant of NAPTIP, Shehu Umar, said on Thursday that unfortunately 70 percent of the girls who were freed from forced labor or trafficking were taken away with the active consent of their parents.
He said because of this ugly finding, their job is now to educate parents on the dangers of releasing their children for the purposes of labor and the consequences of this action.
Already the collaborative efforts have selected 30 girls that suffered different abuses from the 44 local government areas (LGAs) of the State to participate in a six-month training period sponsored by PRAWA.
The deputy director of PRAWA, Yinka Lawal, explained that they decided to go into joint collaborative programs with NAPTIP in five States because of the unfortunate rise in human trafficking for the sake of forcing girls into slavery and prostitution.
He used Kaduna State as an example, saying that the number of rescued trafficking victims increased from only 4 in 2012 to 114 in 2013. In Kano State, the figure rose from 59 in 2012 to 148 in 2013.
Mr. Lawal noted that they were compelled to engage vulnerable women and youths as well as community leaders on the dangers of illegal migration and misconceptions about greener pastures away from home.
He added that they introduced the project with a goal to reduce the incidences of human trafficking and ultimately prevent the crime in Nigeria.
The selected 30 freed trafficked girls will be trained in tailoring and hairdressing in the next three to six months, while at the end incentives will be given to them to start fresh lives with their families.