The Anambra State Commander, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Ibadin Chukwu, has said that the social media has become the fastest means of human trafficking.
This is just as she cautioned the youths of the country to be wary of deceptive advertorials claiming to be offering various employments opportunities in the social media.
She stated these in Awka on Saturday during a walk to mark the 2022 World Human Trafficking Day celebration.
She appealed to Nigerians, especially, young boys and girls to be mindful of the social media, noting that it has become the fastest means of human traffickers to get their victims.
Chukwu also appealed to the state governor, Chukwuma Soludo, to assist the agency in building a conducive operational office to enable them work effectively in the state.
She noted that the facility, if provided, will enable the agency render rehabilitation and integrated services to victims of human traffickers in the state.
According to her, the office will also enable the agency bring it’s human trafficking suspects and interrogate them in accordance with the laws of NAPTIP.
She said, “Our duty is to arrest human traffickers, rescue the victims, rehabilitate and integrate them back to the society for a better living. As we speak, we are using rented appartment without security, our lives are in danger as well.
“We detained our victims under the custody of the Police, NSCDC, DSS, immigration and the state ministry of women/social welfare for safety. The agency in the state is appealing to the governor to assist to provide a conducive office to enable us render effective services to Ndi-Anambra.”
She commended the State Commissioner for Police, Echeng Echeng, for his prompt response, whenever there was an emergency.