The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said it has trained law enforcement officials in Nigeria to strengthen their efforts to combat human trafficking and smuggling of migrants.
The training focused on data entry and analysis, Olivia Okorondu, communications officer, at UNODC said in a statement Thursday.
The training aimed to answer the questions: “What are the prevalent forms of trafficking and are they changing?” Who are the victims and where do they come from? Are women and girls more affected? How do traffickers work?
“Answering these questions is essential not only to better understand human trafficking, but above all, to better prevent and combat this crime and its complex and constantly evolving dynamics. Reliable, sufficient and up-to-date data can provide these critical answers, ”the statement said.
“This is why UNODC, with funding from the Government of Canada, is currently training no less than 120 officers from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons ( NAPTIP) to data collection and analysis. in order to fight against human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants.
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In order to ensure sustainability and ownership by NAPTIP and NIS, the six trainings conducted in the six geopolitical zones of the country are led by NAPTIP and NIS agents who benefited from a training of trainers in June. 2021.
Following the methodology of the UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons and the UNODC Observatory on Smuggling of Migrants, the training focused on data collection with particular attention to monitoring and the mapping of offenses, the profiles of victims and migrants, the background of perpetrators and forms of exploitation, and the communication of best practices. on data collection and analysis.
Training sessions have already taken place in Enugu for NAPTIP and NIS officers based in the South East States, as well as in Osogbo (South West). This week’s session is taking place in Benin City (South-South) and benefits not only NAPTIP and NIS officers, but also members of the Edo State Task Force Against Human Trafficking. Three other sessions are planned in the coming weeks in Makurdi (north-central), Maiduguri (north-east) and Kano (north-west).
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