May 23, 2024

NIS rescues 20-year-old pregnant victim of human trafficking in Oyo


The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has rescued a 20-year-old victim of human trafficking in Saki, Oyo State.

Speaking with newsmen in Ibadan on Saturday, the NIS Public Relations Officer, Olufemi Adetunji said the victim has been handed over to the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, (NAPTIP).

He stated that the rescued victim has been pregnant for three months.

According to Adetunji, the 20-year-old victim of human trafficking was brought from Akwa-Ibom to Oyo State on June 19 by the suspect with a promise to get her a good job.

Adetunji added that the suspect was aware of the victim’s pregnancy before engaging her as a sex worker.

“Instead of getting her the promised job, she engaged her into prostitution and collected the money from men who slept with the victim.

“Our men also apprehended the suspect and have handed her over to NAPTIP for further investigation and prosecution,” he said.

He assured that NIS would not relent in enlightening the public on the dangers of human trafficking and called on parents to always find out what their children are doing while under a helper.

The PRO noted  that human traffickers always promise their victims heaven on earth but at the end of the day, they engage them in something else.

In an interview with the suspect (names withheld), she stated that she kept the victim with a friend and that she was not the one who collected the money for the job.

“She was aware that she would be engaged as a sex worker because the victim informed me that she was looking for money to buy baby wears,” she said.

The Coordinator of NAPTIP in Oyo State, Mr Akanya Augustine, said the agency would ensure diligent investigation and prosecution of the suspect.

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