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NAPTIP drags woman to court for ‘human trafficking’

Following its commitment to curtail the activities of human traffickers in the country through prosecution, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has arraigned a 27 year-Socialite, Doofan David (popularly known as Wendy) for an alleged human trafficking offence.

In a statement in Abuja by Adekoye Vincent for the Head, Press and Public Relations Unit at NAPTIP, Wendy was arraigned before High Court 13 of the Federal Capital Territory presided over by Hon. Justice F. A. Ojo.

The accused and one other person, Miss Kate (also known as Katty), still at large, were accused of trafficking a 21-year-old girl (name withheld) to Malaysia for alleged prostitution contrary to Section 13 (40 (a) of Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015.

Speaking on the arraignment, Director-General of the Agency, Julie Okah-Donli, said the arrest and arraignment of the accused persons was an outcome a renewed commitment by NAPTIP to ensure that human trafficking is eradicated in Nigeria.

“I have said it several times that NAPTIP will not spare anybody in its determination to redeem the image of Nigeria in the eyes of the world as a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking.

“We have redoubled out efforts in this regard and our operations have been strategically redesigned to enhance proactive surveillance and diligence prosecution. We want to change the negative narratives of human trafficking about Nigeria and this must begin by discouraging the internal demands for commercial sex within Nigeria,” she said.

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