The Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, says over ten thousand Nigerians are forced into prostitution yearly in Italy.
She noted that among those forced to work as prostitutes were victims of human trafficking and illegal migration.
Okah-Donli stated this while delivering a lecture titled, “Mass exodus of youths and national development: A case of Nigeria-Libya-Europe migration trend” at the 20th edition of Ogwa Ika organised by the Onu Ika Nigeria in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The NAPTIP DG said the number was based on the figure released by the International Organisation on Migration.
She stated that although the Federal Government was working assiduously to tackle the menace of trafficking and illegal migration in the country, she called on parents and stakeholders to double their efforts in discouraging young Nigerians from such trips.
She disclosed that Edo, Kano and Delta States were ranked first, second and third respectively as the sources of trafficking in the country.
She said, “The International Organisation on Migration estimates that over ten thousand Nigerians are forced to work as prostitutes in Italy, many of them are victims of human trafficking.
“Delta State ranks third among source states of victims of human trafficking after Edo and Kano states. The task of ensuring adequate protection of our children from trafficking and illegal migration rests on all of us; we must all rise up to support initiatives and efforts geared at making our country safe.”
Culled from Nigeriaworld.com