The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says the contagious nature of the novel coronavirus poses serious challenge to security personnel working against human trafficking in the country.
NAPTIP Director-General, Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, said this on Thursday at a virtual meeting organised to commemorate the 2020 World Human Trafficking Day, marked on July 30.
Okah-Donli said that the coronavirus pandemic had hindered enforcement officers in identifying and providing support for victims of trafficking as a result of the dehumanising conditions where the victims work.
According to the D-G, the victims are more susceptible to contracting the virus and are often at the back of the line in accessing healthcare services.
She said that most countries had also cut back their support and services to victims of trafficking to prioritise their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The pandemic has increased the rate of unemployment and occasioned reduction…
Source: Guardian Newspaper