National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP), Nigeria
- Responsible Organisations: National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) (Government)
- ILO Regions: Africa
- Country(ies): Nigeria
- Thematic areas: Protection; Ratification campaigns and implementation
- MLFLM: 8.; 9.(a),(b),(c); 11.; 8.; 9.(b); 10.
Nigeria ratified the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, in 2001. Based on this, the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act was passed in 2003 and the enforcement agency, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP), was created in the same year. The anti-trafficking law was amended in 2005 and the Senate passed a bill in March 2014 to give prosecutors more authority and restrict the ability of judges to fine traffickers in lieu of issuing prison sentences. At the time of writing, the bill is awaiting approval by the House and the President. The Agency has partnered with other countries and international organisations such as the International Labour Organization and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in its effort to curb trafficking in persons and related human rights abuses. Since its establishment, NAPTIP has assisted over 7,500 victims of trafficking, convicted 218 traffickers and sensitised the public and stakeholders about the menace of human trafficking in Nigeria.