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Nigeria launches app to combat human trafficking

Nigeria launches app to combat human trafficking

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has launched an app that allows people to report suspected cases of human trafficking.

According to CNN Africa, the app is called iReport.

According to NAPTIP, “Nigeria is top among African countries where thousands of women and children are trafficked illegally to destinations abroad especially in Europe.”

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Julie Okah-Donli who is the director-general of the agency described it “one-in-all platform that could be downloaded from the Google play store to enable victim of human trafficking, eye witnesses and the general public send in report to NAPTIP call centre for immediate action/”

She described traffickers as "inhuman and barbaric" who deserve to face stiff punishment for their action.

Meanwhile, the British government, on Friday, July 6, reportedly reaffirmed its commitment to support Nigeria’s effort towards effective and result-oriented war against human trafficking in the country.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the British deputy high commissioner in Nigeria, Harriet Thompson, made the commitment while inaugurating a Joint Border Task Force (JBTF) satellite office in Benin, Edo state.

According to the report, the office was provided by the National Crime Agency (NCA) of UK to support the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in the offensive against human trafficking.

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