In a bid to curtail the scourge of human trafficking, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in collaboration with social media platform, Facebook and the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, United States, have concluded plans to set up Amber Alert Nigeria, an emergency response system where Facebook sends alerts to help find missing children in Nigeria who may be undergoing exploitation.
This was made known by the Benin Zonal Commander of NAPTIP, Nduka Nwawene, in Calabar on Saturday in commemoration of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (WDATIP).
Working on the backdrop of theme, “Use and Abuse of Technology”, the system will soon come on stream to help in the fight against human trafficking.
“Today, we see that technology helps in the recruitment of victims all over the world through online dating platforms where personal information of people is readily available via social media.
“It has also enabled the posting of fake job adverts, scholarships and recruitment to nonexistent football clubs abroad.
“So, we are also using technology in no small measure to impede human trafficking activities by creating awareness to a large section of the society and also giving them the opportunity to report cases to NAPTIP easily,” he said.
Nwawene added that NAPTIP is committed to ensuring that victims are protected in the shelters of the agency as soon as they were rescued from their traffickers
WDATIP 2022 is a day set aside to raise awareness of the plight of victims of human trafficking and to promote and protect their rights against grave human rights violations.