60 percent of female hawkers in Italy are Nigerian girls — NAPTIP

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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has stated that about 60 percent of female hawkers in Italy are Nigerians.

This disclosure was made on Wednesday, February 2, by NAPTIP Director, Training and Manpower Development, Mr Orakwue Arinze, during a two-day training tagged, ‘Vulnerable Women and Victims of Domestic Violence’, which was organised by the agency in conjunction with Joshuel Global Ventures Limited and held in Sabon Gari, Zaria.

Noting that the situation was not only pathetic but “highly unacceptable”, the agency explained that the federal government has already done its best by enacting a law in 2015 on violence against persons and criminalising the act.

He said:

“Unless all hands are put on deck to guide parents and the larger society on the dangers of human trafficking and violence against women, the lives of our younger female children will continue to be in danger.”

Arinze also advised state governments and individuals to partner with the agency to rid the society of the menace.

By Feranmi Okuku