INDICATORS OF TRAFFICKED VICTIMS: SIGNS TO WATCH OUT FOR

All available account, indices and records at local and international level confirm the trafficking status of Nigeria as a source, transit and recipient country of traffickers and victims.  The trafficking status of Nigeria became so alarming to the extent that it has become a source of worry to the country and concern to the international community.

As a sign of its commitment towards addressing the problem, the Nigerian Government in 2003 promulgated a law on human trafficking and established the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) with the main objective of eradicating human trafficking in Nigeria.  NAPTIP is unique as the first dedicated institutional law enforcement response to a category of crimes against the person.

A simple definition of human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by means of force, abduction, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of exploitation (e.g. forced labor or sexual exploitation)

Victims of Trafficking are often enticed from one community to another especially, from rural to urban areas and from developing country to developed countries through making false promises.

Most often it’s hard to meet victims of trafficking, but when you come across any individual or group of persons with the following indicators then, you might be meeting a victim or victims.

The indicators include that these victims may:

  • Be fearful of the trafficker, believing their lives or family members’ lives are at risk if they escape
  • Exhibit signs of physical and psychological trauma e.g. anxiety, lack of memory of recent events, bruising, untreated conditions
  • Be fearful of telling others about their situation
  • Be unaware they have been trafficked and believe they are simply in a bad job
  • Have limited freedom of movement
  • Be unpaid or paid very little
  • Have limited access to medical care
  • Seem to be in debt to someone
  • Have no passport or mention that someone else is holding their passport
  • Be regularly moved to avoid detection
  • Believe they are being controlled by use of witchcraft

A-TIPSOM supports the eradication of human trafficking through prevention and other strategies.

A-TIPSOM (Action against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants) is an EU funded project being implemented by FIIAPP (International Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policy) which is a public sector foundation under the Spanish State and it works to improve public systems in more than 100 countries by managing international cooperation projects.  

IMPORTANT: 

If you have reason to believe a person is
a trafficked victim you should report immediately. Report to the nearby Law Enforcement Agent without any delay.

Prevention they say is better than cure, let’s join hands to eradicate human trafficking!

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