The Benin zonal command of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has arrested eight suspected human traffickers.
The zonal commander, Nduka Nwanwenne, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Wednesday, April 11, that the traffickers were arrested in the past three months.
He said that a total of 138 people were rescued by the agency within the period and that 124 of the trafficked people were already reunited with their families.
Nwanwanne said that 89 cases of trafficking were currently pending in various courts in the zone.
He said that 34 cases were reported to the agency through petitions, while 14 others were received from sister security agencies.
Nwanwenne said that in spite of the renewed and drastic measures put in place by government and traditional institutions to stop human trafficking, some people were still adamant about doing the business.
He said that the Edo government had, however, intensified awareness campaigns against human trafficking to stop the business.
Nwanwenne commended the Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II and his palace on the recent step they had taken against human traffickers.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that NAPTIP rescued four Nigerian women who were forced into prostitution in different parts of Spain.
The women were captives of a prostitution ring which operated mainly in Spain, but also in Italy, the United Kingdom, Libya, Niger, and Nigeria.
Europol reported that the investigation to dismantle the network began in 2017. The group was reported to have recruited victims by coercing them with voodoo threats in Benin City, Nigeria.
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