The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on Wednesday in Abuja premiered a film titled “Pound of Heart” on the plight of victims of trafficking.
Speaking to newsmen after unveiling the film, the Director-General of the agency, Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi, said tha the film was released in celebration of the 2022 World human trafficking day which comes up on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the day is observed annually on July 30 to raise awareness about human trafficking and to promote and protect the rights of trafficking victims.
The day was established by a United Nations resolution and first observed in 2014.
Waziri-Azi said that NAPTIP would partner with sister agencies, CSOs and NGOs to move the film into YouTube channels where Nigerians can watch.
”With this film, many Nigerians particularly young ones who are desirous of going abroad for greener pastures by whatever means will learn a lesson of two.
“We hope to reach millions of people everyday with the message to that they should be vigilant.
“We are hoping when schools resume, we will have the opportunity to show this movie to them.
“Just like what was shared during the panel discussion, you find people trafficked out for cultural purposes, sporting activities underlining the reasons why they are taken out of the country, including for the purpose of organ removal.
“The trafficking in persons Prohibition and enforcement Act, Section 20 clearly criminalises any form of trafficking,” Waziri-Azi said.
She said NAPTIP has not recorded any case targeting punishment for organ trafficking/harvesting but called on Nigerians to caution in order not to fall victim.
The director-general stated NAPTIP has has speculations about organs trafficking, and that a lot of families had come to report issues to the agency, but the agency was still doing investigation about that.
She added that on organ trafficking, the agency would need to do an autopsy report to be sure that what was alleged was the real sense of the crime, and to have evidence in what the agency do.
Waziri-Azi who described poverty as the root cause of migration in whatever form, called on Nigerians to always asked questions whenever they are been promises of travelling overseas.
She admonished them to always get the right information before they embark on such journey. (NAN)