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Italy to intensify fight against trafficking of persons

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LAGOS – The Consul-General of Italy in Nigeria, Mr Stefano Leo, on Sunday  disclosed his Government’s plan to intensify its fight against Nigerians being trafficked into Italy.

Stefano told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that it was dangerous and criminal for young Nigerians to allow themselves to be brought into Italy illegally.

The consul-general said that the Italian government had evolved preventive measures and sanctions aimed at fighting the inhuman act.

“Young Nigerians should know that more than ever, it is dangerous to come into Italy illegally or allow themselves to be trafficked into the country.

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“They need to know that trafficking in persons into Italy still remains a criminal act.

“The Italian Government is, therefore, more than ever committed to intensifying its fight against the trafficking of Nigerians into Italy.

“The Italian Government will continue to support the Nigerian Government’s efforts at ensuring that Nigerians travel legally,’’ he said.

Stefano said that his country was working closely with the Nigerian security agencies and INTERPOL, in the arrest and persecution of persons engaged in the criminal act.

The Envoy also disclosed the Italian Government’s plan to intensify checks across its borders and other strategic locations.

“There will no longer be hiding places for traffickers and those being trafficked anymore in Italy.

“So, we want young Nigerians who still want to brought illegally into Italy to know that the fight against trafficking in persons is still on and will continue.

“Young Nigerians should, therefore, not allow themselves to be trafficked, but can travel to Italy legally,’’ he added. (NAN)

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