NAPTIP successfully rescues three victims trafficked from Ivory Coast

A significant breakthrough was made by the Benin Zonal Command of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, with the successful rescue of three victims trafficked from Ivory Coast.

During a baseline revalidation workshop for STEAP implementation in Edo schools of human trafficking held in Benin, the NAPTIP Commander for the zone, Barrister Nduka Nwanwenene, revealed this encouraging development.

Revealing the current status of the rescued victims, Nwanwenene mentioned that they are being taken care of at the agency’s shelter in Benin City.

Highlighting the recent rescue operation, he shared, “Three girls who were saved from Ivory Coast just arrived at our shelter three days ago. Our shelter has accommodated numerous survivors, with their stay typically lasting for about six weeks depending on individual circumstances.”

Providing a specific example, he shared the story of a lady who had been rescued after spending a decade in Mali. “She stayed at our shelter and was successfully reunited with her family. Thanks to our partners at the International Organization for Migration, IOM, a business opportunity was facilitated for her,” he added.

Emphasizing the collaborative efforts in combating human trafficking, especially with the Nigeria Immigration Services, NIS, he explained that the NIS alerts NAPTIP whenever victims are intercepted at the Nigerian border.

Detailing the agency’s approach in empowering survivors, Nwanwenene mentioned their focus on engaging survivors in productive activities to reduce the risk of re-trafficking.

Providing insight into ongoing empowerment initiatives, he mentioned, “Last month, we empowered three survivors, and we have 15 survivors currently undergoing training at the shelter who will also receive empowerment upon completion of their program in the next six months.”

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