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SWEDISH Minister of Justice and Police visit NAPTIP

The Executive Secretary of NAPTIP has warned that destination countries of victims of human trafficking that does not develop mechanism for victim identification and protection even before withdrawal back to countries of sources, hamper investigation, endanger the victim and push the crime underground.
Mrs. Beatrice Jedy-Agba made this call this week while receiving the Switzerland Minister for Justice and Police, Ms. Simonetta Sommaruga who came on a working visit to NAPTIP Abuja.

The Executive Secretary said the foundation of destination countries response to human trafficking must be anchored on victim identification and protection which will earn victims trust and confidence to support investigation and prosecution of the criminals both at source and destination.
Mrs. Jedy-Agba lamented that the tendency to treat victim as criminals or illegal migrants’ interested in seeking asylum will only defeat the purpose which is to curb the scourge.
Earlier in her speech, the Switzerland Minister said the purpose of her visit is to sign a mutual partnership that will yield cooperation and help in finding solutions to issue that concern both countries especially human trafficking.
Ms. Sommaruga said the Swiss government has launched a National Action plan which it is already implementing through their police, prosecution authorities and Swiss civil society organizations.
The Minister also said the government has instituted a mechanism for protection of victims who testify against their traffickers. She expressed happiness that the Swiss government has identified NAPTIP as a strong partner in combatting the scourge of trafficking in persons.

8TH February, 2012

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