The Human Rights Watch has accused the National Agency For the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person’s and Other Offences of keeping trafficked victims in closed shelters against their will.
In a report entitled You Pray For Death Trafficking of Women and Girls in Nigeria, Continuing Anguish for Trafficking Survivors, the International Human Rights organisation also alleged that victims are denied access to their family members.
Reacting to the allegations NAPTIP Director General, Julie Okah-Donli said the agency has been observing world best practices in handling trafficked persons as enshrined in the Palermo protocol which supplements the UN convention against transnational organised crimes.
Track up: Julie Okah-Donli- Director General , NAPTIP
The NAPTIP Chief Executive was however, disappointed that Human Rights Watch was quick to release it’s report some hours after it’s officials visited some zonal offices of the agency and spoke to unnamed officials and victims in the shelter.
She further called on Nigerians and the International Community to discountenance allegations raised against the agency and view it as falsehood designed to smear its image.