The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters said it secured the conviction of 47 persons for child trafficking-related offences in Edo and Delta states.
The NAPTIP Zonal Commander, Mrs Cordelia Ebiringa, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin on Sunday.
Ebiringa said 56 cases were being investigated, and added that 700 girls trafficked on had been reintegrated, while 1,400 other victims had passed through the agency’s shelter.
She said that human trafficking was a social problem that needed collaboration among partners to fight.
The commander said the agency had been sensitising the public on the ills of human trafficking, and stressed the need for the youth to change their attitude toward materialism.
According to her, the get-rich-quick syndrome in the society is a major factor driving the Nigerian youths out of the country.
She added that the situation had made such youth easy prey to human traffickers.
Ebiringa said the traffickers visit the country mainly in December to lure innocent and unsuspecting youths into getting non-existing jobs in Europe.
She urged parents and guardians to be wary of offers of taking their children and wards abroad for unexplained jobs by some Nigerians, reminding them that “all that glitters is not gold”.
She, however, called for partnerships from spirited individuals, organisations and other security agencies, to enable it to win the war against child trafficking.