FG creates fund to rehabilitate trafficking victims

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By Chris Ochayi

ABUJA—The Federal Government has established Victims of Trafficking Trust Fund, where assets and proceeds seized from convicted traffickers would be kept for victims’ rehabilitation.

The government also explained that the fund, developed under a National Policy on Protection and Assistance, is geared to serve as guideline to all service providers in the rehabilitation of victims.

Speaking in Abuja at the Caritas International conference on human trafficking within and from Africa, Director, Public Enlightenment at the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Orakwue Arinze, revealed that the agency also established a protection and assistance procedure for victims within the agency through the provision of safe Houses with shelters attached.

Arinze, who, however, condemned in strong terms the call by Amnesty International to decriminalise prostitution as sex work, said: “The mass migration of young Africans risking their lives through the Mediterranean Sea to Europe is a big setback to our collective struggle to address TIP in NAPTIP, but of a greater concern is the fact that our world has not come to accept that different perceptions of the triggers of this scourge militate against a united force to combat it.”

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