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UNODC tasks agencies on policies to check trafficking in persons


ABUJA – The UN Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) on Tuesday called on relevant private and government agencies to develop comprehensive policies to check trafficking in persons.
Mr Bala Sanga, a Project Coordinator with the UNODC made the call in Abuja at the presentation of the 2014 global report on trafficking in persons.
He said that the presentation of the report was to support and guide relevant stakeholders on policy formulation in combating the menace of trafficking in persons.
“The global report on trafficking in persons is published every two years and the last edition was in 2012.
“The report for 2014 just came out and typically, what we do is to liaise with stakeholders.
“In this case, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) is a principal stakeholder for us,” he said.
He said that the publication of the report was for the relevant stakeholders to study with a view to guide them in decision making.
According to him, the content of the report basically covers the key areas of activities in terms of trend, pattern and vulnerability.
The report also covers details of the number of people prosecuted and convicted within the period.
In her remark, Mrs Beatrice Jedy-Agba, the Executive Secretary of NAPTIP, commended the UNODC for the report and its support in the fight against human trafficking.
She said the 2014 global report highlighted the role of organized crime in trafficking in persons.
According to her, the worldwide response to trafficking in persons is also a focus of the 2014 edition of the global report.
“Judging from the quality of the 2012 report, I have no doubt that the current report will provide a surfeit of data and relevant information.
“This will enable member states to strengthen policy, legal and institutional response to eliminate the scourge of trafficking in persons globally,” she said. (NAN)

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