Boko Haram uses women, girls for sex slavery – Report

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The violent Islamic sect, Haram, has recruited and used child soldiers, as young as 12-year-olds, as well as abducted and , some whom are subjected to domestic servitude, forced labour and sex slavery through forced marriages to its militants, the 2014 in Persons Report has stated.

It said the Federal Government had yet to fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination human ,

The report however noted that the government was making significant efforts to do so by increasing anti- prosecutions and convictions and by providing extensive specialised anti- trainings to officials from various ministries and agencies.

It observed that the National Agency for the Prohibition Trafficking in Persons and Other Related Matters had increased protection efforts by developing a formal referral mechanism for victim’s protection, increasing the capacity its shelters, and identifying and providing services to a larger of victims.

The report reads in part, “Despite these efforts, the government has yet to pass draft legislation that will restrict the ability of judges to offer fines in lieu of prison term during sentencing and, with the exception of receiving training from , the Ministry of Labor did not any new efforts to address labor trafficking during the reporting period,” it said.

Additionally, despite the growing of trafficking victims identified abroad, the government has yet to implement formal procedures for the return and reintegration of victims; consequently, many victims are not afforded adequate care upon their return to Nigeria.”

It added that this was of particular  concern, as some European countries denied victims’ attempts to seek asylum or to access European victim on the basis of the perceived availability of adequate victim services in Nigeria.

It observed that the  provisions of the 2003 Trafficking in Persons Enforcement and Administration Act ensured that identified trafficking victims were not penalised for unlawful acts committed as a result of being trafficked. (Punch)