Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment - Nigeria
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Publication Date||24 February 2010|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment - Nigeria, 24 February 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4b8e7a6f23.html [accessed 25 April 2014]|
[From the introductory text accompanying this report on the U.S. Department of State website: "In most cases, the Interim Assessment is intended to serve as a tool by which to gauge the anti-trafficking progress of countries that may be in danger of slipping a tier in the upcoming June 2010 TIP Report and to give them guidance on how to avoid a Tier 3 ranking. It is a tightly focused progress report, assessing the concrete actions a government has taken to address the key deficiencies highlighted in the June 2009 TIP Report. The Interim Assessment covers actions undertaken between the beginning of May – the cutoff for data covered in the June TIP Report – and November. Readers are requested to refer to the annual TIP Report for an analysis of large-scale efforts and a description of the trafficking problem in each particular country or territory."]
The Government of Nigeria has demonstrated sustained progress to combat trafficking in persons since the release of the 2009 Report. From January to October 2009, prosecutors convicted 25 trafficking offenders and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) provided care to 928 victims.
NAPTIP ceased the practice of interrogating trafficking suspects at the same facility that houses its Lagos trafficking victim shelter. To better ensure that victims' rights are respected, NAPTIP formed a committee of directors to review victim care policies to strike a balance between ensuring safety and promoting freedom of movement. NAPTIP provided training on these issues to training personnel and implementing partners. The Nigerian government organized anti-trafficking awareness events, such as a race against human trafficking in Edo State.