Dear Esteemed Readers,

Welcome to the August 2023 edition of the NAPTIP E-Digest. It is our pleasure to present a comprehensive overview of the Agency’s activities throughout this past month.

At the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), our core mandate encompasses the multifaceted battle against human trafficking and the implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act within the Federal Capital Territory.

The NAPTIP E-Digest is a platform that has been thoughtfully initiated by the Director-General. It underscores our commitment to expanding NAPTIP’s outreach, raising awareness, and educating the public about our agency’s activities, partnerships, the dire implications of human trafficking and violence against persons, as well as promoting our reporting channels.

In the spotlight this month, NAPTIP proudly launched the new iReporter App. This innovative application streamlines the process of reporting suspected cases of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) to NAPTIP, ensuring immediate and timely action.

We also unveiled the comprehensive compendium spotlighting the commendable practices of State Task Forces in combating TIP. Additionally, our engagements in August included the NAPTIP on the Move Road sensitization campaign conducted in collaboration with commercial bus operators in Lagos.

We are excited to share these updates and developments, illustrating our commitment to combatting human trafficking and its related atrocities. Thank you for your continued support, and we hope this edition of the NAPTIP E-Digest provides valuable insights and knowledge.

Prof. Fatima Waziri-Azi, Ph.D.
Director-General, NAPTIP

NAPTIP Launch A New NAPTIP i-Reporter App, Now Available to Download on the Apple App Store

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has launched the NAPTIP I – Reporter App. This App is crucial in empowering users to report incidents of human trafficking, child abuse, domestic violence and sex related crimes. The key features of the app include:

  • User – Friendly Interface: the app is user – friendly interface, ensuring that users can easily navigate and use its features seamlessly.
  • Incident Reporting: the app allows uses to report incidents with just a click
  • Anonymous Reporting: the app prioritizes privacy and safety with the option to remain anonymous while submitting an incident report.
  • Live Location Tracking: the app tracks live location of users to enable law enforcement respond swiftly to reported incidents.
  • Multimedia attachments: Users can attach photos or videos to their incident reports, providing additional evidence and context.
  • Data Security compliance: The app compiles with privacy/data protection laws, safeguarding user data and ensuring responsible use.

Please scan the bar codes to download the NAPTIP I-Reporter.

Unveiling Of The Maiden Edition: Compendium Of Best Practices From State Task Forces In Combating Trafficking In Persons

NAPTIP in collaboration with UNODC commences an encouraging chapter with the Launch of the Compendium of Best Practices from State Task Forces in Combating Human Trafficking.

On August 3, 2023, the inaugural edition of the Compendium of Best Practices from State Task Forces in Combating Human Trafficking was unveiled  by the Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Prof. Fatima Waziri-Azi, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. This launch stands as part of the activities marking the commemoration of the 2023 World Day Against Human Trafficking.

Addressing 180 delegates at the event representing various MDAs across the 23 states and the FCT, the DG elaborated that the 13-month endeavor that produced the Compendium was aimed at gaining and disseminating firsthand knowledge of counter-trafficking efforts at the sub-national levels.

The DG further stated that to effectively address human trafficking, stakeholders must create a seamless web of partnership and shared accountability, which was why the State Task Force on Human Trafficking was established to serve as a pathway to eliminate TIP in our society.

Representing various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) across 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Prof. Waziri-Azi outlined that the 13-month-long initiative to create the Compendium aimed to capture and share firsthand knowledge regarding counter-trafficking efforts at sub-national levels. She stressed the importance of fostering a seamless network of partnership and shared responsibility among stakeholders to effectively address human trafficking. The State Task Force on Human Trafficking serves as a crucial avenue in eradicating TIP in our society.

Explaining the roadmap to developing the Compendium, UNODC Senior Programme Officer, Abimbola Adewunmi, shared that the document was inspired by the activities of the initial boot camp for State Task Forces on Human Trafficking. It emphasized the need to document best practices and crucial information from STFs in a compendium to guide counter-trafficking activities at subnational levels.

The State Task Force (STF) initiative was established by NAPTIP in partnership with various stakeholders in 2019 to foster peer review among STFs. Since then, 23 STFs have been inaugurated, complementing the one established by the Edo State Government in 2017, bringing the total to 24.

Partners that are part of the Consortium include the International Organization for Migration (IOM), UNODC, FIIAPP and Expertise France. The Bootcamps have been convened 3 times; in July 2022, September 2022 and July 2023. Reports and updates developed and submitted at the 3 Bootcamps by the various states based on the firsthand counter-trafficking activities within their states culminated into the contents of the Compendium.

The Compendium symbolizes the commitment of stakeholders to fostering a united front against human trafficking and further enhances the coordination, efficiency, and effectiveness of the collective efforts of stakeholders at the various levels.

NAPTIP on The Move Road Advance Sensitization of Bus Companies in Lagos

NAPTIP in Collaboration with Ark Group Sensitises Bus Drivers on Human Trafficking

In continuation of NAPTIP on the Move Road Awareness program to sensitize commercial bus drivers in Nigeria. The program was supported by the Canadian Government and implemented by the Ark Group.

The campaign was taken to the terminals and offices of The Young Shall Grow Motors, Chisco Transport Ltd, Ifesinachi Transport and GUO Transport Ltd. The aim was to educate commercial bus drivers, conductors, ticketing officers as well as management of these companies on the dangers of human trafficking, the red flags and indicators of human trafficking and available reporting channels of the Agency. This awareness campaign had in attendance over 450 participants from all bus companies.

Speaking at the events, the Director General NAPTIP, Prof. Fatima Waziri-Azi who was represented by the Director Research and Programmes Development Department, Mr. Josiah Emerole spoke on the indicators of human trafficking; the red flags and how human trafficking cases can be reported.

The Director VAPP department and Project Manager for the NAPTIP/Ark Project, Mrs. Ijeoma Amugo, the Zonal Commander of NAPTIP Lagos State zonal command, Mrs. Comfort Agboko both spoke on how human trafficking victims could get access to justice. IEC materials were presented to the management of the bus companies including reflective jackets, lanyards, key rings, wristbands, red cards and bumper stickers.

Nurturing Survivors’ Ambitions: Auxano Foundation’s Alliance with NAPTIP

Survivors Empowerment on Soap Making

NAPTIP in collaboration with the Auxano Foundation for Empowerment and Development recently organized a one-day workshop on entrepreneurship and practical session on soap and Izal production. This engaging event took place at the NAPTIP FCT Shelter.

Auxano Foundation for Empowerment and Development (AFED) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing social justice and community development through its extensive network of volunteers. Their partnership with NAPTIP, dating back to 2014, has been instrumental in supporting the rehabilitation of survivors by providing essential medical and related services and addressing the root causes of these heinous crimes.

The primary objective of this training was to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit within this remarkable group of survivors, many of whom have endured unimaginable hardships at the hands of their violators.

The workshop was led by two Volunteer Master Trainers, Ms. Agnes Yakubu and Ms. Halima Luka. The trainers provided survivors with a comprehensive step-by-step guide on producing liquid soap, washing machine soap, and izal. Beyond the basics of production, participants were also taught essential principles of branding and marketing, vital skills for any aspiring entrepreneur.

At the conclusion of the workshop, survivors were provided with the necessary chemicals to create these products independently. During the training, Ms. Agnes Yakubu inspired the survivors to rise above their circumstances, urging them to embrace a positive mental attitude and hard work. She emphasized that through diligence, they could attain independence from their abusers and even prevent future abuse.

Ms. Yakubu also encouraged survivors who may not be interested in entrepreneurship to utilize their newfound skills for personal use. By producing items, they consume within the shelter and at home, survivors could not only save costs but also enhance their self-sufficiency.

The tangible outcome of this endeavor was remarkable: 50 liters of liquid soap, 40 liters of washing machine detergent, and 50 liters of izal, all products of the survivors’ newfound entrepreneurial skills. In addition to the practical aspects of production, the survivors were also taught the critical ethics of purchasing and handling the chemical substances used in soap and izal production. This knowledge ensures their safety while engaging in these entrepreneurial activities.

The Auxano Foundation’s commitment to empowering survivors through medical, therapeutic support and entrepreneurship is a shining example of how dedicated organizations and volunteers can make a lasting impact in the lives of survivors of human trafficking and violence against persons. It not only equips survivors with valuable skills but also instills hope and resilience, helping them on their journey to independence and self-sufficiency. This initiative stands as a testament to the power of volunteerism, collaboration, compassion, and community-driven solutions in the fight against human trafficking and violence.

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