The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has revealed that 5,000 Nigerians are currently into prostitution in different parts of Mali.Reports from the group said they were forced into prostitution by their traffickers, who had “promised of helping them to Europe.”
The agency said that it has also commenced investigation into the trafficking into Mali of 37 female Nigerians who were on Monday deported to Nigeria by the Malian authorities.
The director-general of NAPTIP, Mr Abdulrazak Dangiri in a statement yesterday directed that investigation on the trafficking of the 37 girls must be thorough.
Speaking to the top management of the agency on the Malian case, he stated that
While the victims are being counseled by NAPTIP Counselors, the suspects are in NAPTIP custody and making usefulN statements.
The statement revealed that,
Investigations into the matter commenced before the deportation as investigators from the Agency who are also members of the Joint Border Task Force (JBTF) had as soon as the Malian authorities reached the agency through the National Crime Agency of the United Kingdom gone to Mali to profile, debrief and interview the victims and suspects preparatory to their return.
The invitation of the NAPTIP-JBTF team was necessitated by the need to bring to bear the Nigerian experience on handling human trafficking cases; in identifying and to substantiate points to prove acts of human trafficking in the Malian case.