Human trafficking is a serious global issue that involves the exploitation of people for forced labor, sexual exploitation, and other forms of abuse. It is a violation of human rights and a crime under international law. One of the challenges to combating human trafficking is inadequate intelligence gathering and investigation.
Providing training and resources to law enforcement, NGOs, and other organizations can help improve their ability to identify and respond to human trafficking situations.
On the 22nd to 23rd December 2022, the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) under the 11th EDF Project known as the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria, A-TIPSOM (funded by European Union) organized a two-day capacity building workshop on the use of technology equipment in identifying potential trafficking victims, tracking the movements of traffickers, and collecting evidence to support the prosecution of traffickers.
The training which took place in Abuja, Nigeria was organized for selected ICT specialists from the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Nigeria Police Force (NPF)
Speaking at the opening session of the event, the Team Leader of A-TIPSOM Nigeria, Mr. Federico Millan encouraged participating law enforcement agencies to utilize technology in combating human trafficking and smuggling of migrants. He further advised them to keep working together to share information and resources.