The House of Representatives has directed the Nigerian Immigration Service to permit officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of trafficking in persons NAPTIP, to operate at the nation’s borders and ports.
This was sequel to a motion moved by a member Mr Shawulu Kwewum, on the need to investigate sex slave trafficking.
Leading the debate, Mr Kwewum said the measure would assist in identifying and preventing the illicit emigration of potential victims.
The lawmaker stated that there are thousands of Nigerian women who have been turned into sex slaves in European and Middle Eastern countries.
He stated that several of the girls tricked into travelling out of the country have been brutalised for refusing to be turned into prostitutes, adding that in 2020 alone, fifteen Nigerian girls were killed in Mali to instil fear on others.
Adopting the motion, the house mandated its committee on Human Rights to conduct investigations into all aspects of slavery and give recommendations, including sanctions and cooperation with fellow African countries to stem the tide.