Human trafficking: The actions taken by Nigeria

Human trafficking constitutes an immense problem in Nigeria. The federal and state governments are making a combined effort to solve the problem.

In 2003 Nigeria passed a law that makes all forms of human trafficking illegal. The law requires penalties of up to five years in prison, a fine of up to 100.000 NG or both for human trafficking. 

The national agency against human trafficking, NAPTIP, was established in 2003. This included the composition of several guidelines with the purpose of enforcing existing legislation on the field as well as developing functional procedures and consecutive action. Despite these initiatives the Nigerian government still needs additional resources and international aid and there is still a need for stronger collaboration between local, national and international agents in order to fight human trafficking in Nigeria.


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