The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has reunited a trafficked victim with her family after 20 years.
The Commander, NAPTIP, Benin Zone, Mrs Ijeoma Uduak, reunited the victim with her mother (name withheld) at the palace of Idu Uruan Village Head in Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, on Saturday.
According to Uduak, the victim was taken away at age six from Idu Uruan to Benin City by a woman who gave her out to another woman.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Uduak said the two suspects had been arrested by the agency.
She said, “Prosecution is ongoing to ensure that justice prevails. Our task is to fulfill part of our mandate as an agency that is against human trafficking, and one that rescues and reunites victims with their families. This victim was taken away from the classroom at age six. She had no contact with her family for several years.
“Her captor must have used all manner of tricks to deceive the young and innocent mind; today we celebrate breakthrough and freedom.”
The NAPTIP official urged members of the public to give the agency information that would make it to detect human trafficking.“When you give us reliable information, we assure you of protection,’’ she said. (Punch)