The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) says it has rescued 135 victims of human trafficking in Cross River State.
Peter Essien, the Zonal Head of the agency in the South-South, disclosed this when he visited the Chairman of Ikom Local Government Area, Tony Ngban, in his office.
Mr. Essien, accompanied on the visit by top officials of the agency, said 14 of the victims were from Ikom, while 45 were from Yala Local Government Area.
Mr. Essien said that Ikom, due to its strategic location in Northern Cross River and proximity to international border at Mfum, Cameroon Republic, is critical in facilitating the Agency’s operations in the state.
He said the Agency was in Ikom to prepare grounds for the hosting of stakeholders’ sensitisation workshop which would soon be held in Ikom and solicited for the council’s support in terms of venue and accommodation.
Responding, the chairman condemned the act of human trafficking and child abuse, which he described, as modern day slavery.
Mr. Ngban commended NAPTIP for a job well done and promised the council’s maximum cooperation with the Agency to enable it succeed in its onerous task of eradicating the scourge of human trafficking.