A non-governmental organisation, Women Friendly Initiative, has urged the Federal Government to enforce laws against child trafficking, especially the Girl’s Rights Act, and other irregular migration from the country.
Programme Officer of WFI, Mrs Rosemary Adaji, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Gwagwalada, to commemorate the International Women’s Day celebration.
According to her, the rising cases of child and human trafficking in the country are becoming worrisome and require immediate attention to curb the menace.
Adaji disclosed that victims of child trafficking are often forced into prostitution, pornography, child labour, suicide bombing and ritual activities at tender age.
“Child trafficking has contributed in great measures to the ongoing humanitarian crisis around the globe; there is need to make laws to end the menace.
“Child trafficking seems to concern only civil society organisations, may be because political leaders feel it does not affect them directly.
“There are many Nigerian children trafficked to Spain for sexual and labour exploitation.
“Nigeria has become a fertile ground for child trafficking due to lack of social protection for those living in poverty.
“So, I want to call on our government to put up good laws that will prohibit and, if possible bring trafficking to a complete end,” the WFI official said.
Adaji advised youths in the country to desist from any act that would warrant them being trafficked or lured into prostitution and other crimes.