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27 trafficked victims rescued in Kano

Children aged 11 and 16, with the youngest rescued at the land border between Benin and Nigeria. Photo: Interpol

In Kano, Abdullahi Babale, Zonal Commander of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), says Department of State Service, DSS has rescued 27 people from being trafficked to Libya.

He stated that the victims had been turned over to the State’s Joint Border Task Force.

According to him, they were recruited from Oyo, Osun, Kogi, Ondo, Ekiti, Lagos, and Ogun states and were en-route to Libya with the accused trafficker when he was apprehended.

Human trafficking has escalated in recent years, with horrible accounts of Nigerian women and children trafficked for sexual and labor exploitation, as well as migrants imprisoned in Libya in slavery-like conditions.

NAPTIP recently said the exploitation of men is also on the rise.

In 2019, a joint operation between Benin and Nigeria, cordianted by Interpol, rescued over 200 trafficed children. A number of victims were also rescued from premises where they were forced into prostitution, according to Interpol.

Reporting by Khadija Aliyu; editing by Hadiza Abdulrahman and Saadatu Albashir