The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP): It is Nigeria’s multidisciplinary Agency created to tackle the scourge of human trafficking.
The Following are the functions of NAPTIP
- To coordinate of all laws on trafficking in persons and related offences; the law prescribed ten years imprisonment for trafficking of children and forced begging or hawking and ten years of life imprisonment for sexual enslavement. etc.
- To adopt measures to increase the effectiveness of eradication of trafficking in persons;
- To adopt witness protection measures;
- To enhance effectiveness of law enforcement agents to suppress traffic in persons;
- To establish proper communication channels, conduct research and work on improving international cooperation in the suppression of traffic in persons; by land, sea and air;
- To reinforce and supplement measures in bilateral and multilateral treaties and conventions on traffic in persons;
- To work in collaboration with other agencies or bodies that may ensure elimination and prevention of the root causes of the problem of traffic in any person;
- To strengthen and enhance effective legal means for international cooperation in criminal matters for suppressing the international activities of traffic in person;
- To strengthen cooperation between the Attorney-General of the Federation, Nigeria Police, Nigeria Immigration Services, Nigeria Customs Services, Nigeria Prison Services, Welfare Officials and all other agencies in the eradication of traffic in person;
- To take charge, supervise, control and coordinate the rehabilitation of trafficked person
- They coordinate law enforcement, protection and preventive initiatives of the various levels of Government and Non Governmental Organisations working in this area.
- They help to suppress human trafficking
- They prosecute its perpetrators and offer a range of protection services to victims of the crime, including temporary sheltering, counselling, rehabilitation, reintegration and access to justice.