From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Kaduna State Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has disclosed that the command received 30 cases of human trafficking in 2019.
This was contained in its 2019 Annual Report released by the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Command.
According to the report , a total of 3o cases were reported to the command for investigation and further actions by the State Ministry of Human Services and Social Development being a collaborating agency in ending violence against children.
The report indicates that some of the cases were traced to community members from eight local government areas of the state.
“A break down shows that out of the total number of reports received, cases of child trafficking for labour exploitation were mostly from Jigawa, Katsina and Kaduna States and 16 survivors were rescued and reunited with their families.
“Three suspects held in connection with the cases of child trafficking and labour were handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), for further investigation.
“On sexual violence, two defendants were remanded in prison custody while their case files were referred to the Ministry of Justice for legal advice.
“In a related development, cases of domestic violence were referred to Ministry of Justice’s Citizens right for mediation just as cases of physical violence were treated out of court and survivors were reunited with biological parents for further care and supervision by the State Ministry of Human Services and Social Development.
“In furtherance of its tasks, the unit provided support for survivors of juvenile delinquency who were later sheltered by the collaborating ministry.
“The report maintains that as a form of succor for survivors, cases of child neglect were handled out of court and survivors were also reunited with family members and alimony is being paid for upkeep of victims,” the statement reads.