Lagos needs State legislation against human trafficking – KAHTHRAF President
By Dipo Omoware
President, Kick Against Human Trafficking & Human Right Abuse Foundation (KAHTHRAF), Barrister Ojay Akinwale has posited that Africa’s most populated city needs to move against human trafficking because it is rampant in the state.
Speaking on Nigeria Info’s Morning Crossfire with show hosts Wemimo Adewuni and Sheriff Quadri, Barrister Akinwale highlighted the different forms of trafficking and the plight of some victims.
"We have different forms of trafficking; we have internally trafficked people,” said Akinwale, “and we (also) have internationally trafficked people.
“Internally trafficked people are those that end up to be your house girl, some domestics slaves.”
Barrister Akinwale said more needs to be done in Lagos state because “most of those internally trafficked are here in Lagos.”
He added that “some of them if you investigate properly are not Nigerians.” He said many were kidnapped from their homes and are now being exploited.
“Lagos state, just like we have in Edo state, should have (a) state legislation. We have most of those people internally trafficked here in Lagos.”
Barrister Akinwale said a new dimension of international trafficking that ended with victims becoming involuntary organ donors or lab rats for terror organisations was also on the rise.
“We find another dimension which is in organ harvesting, where people are being trafficked especially those who are sportsmen.”
“They will run extensive medical checks and those ones you know as an athlete, a footballer or basketballer, you have to go through this (but) you don’t know what they are doing is matching your organs and you’re a donor.”
He added that these organs harvesting was carried out in crude ways without anaesthetic.
Barrister Akinwale called on the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NATIP) to have offices in countries where these issues are common. This according to him would help to NATIP “take the battle where it is”. He also called on the government to support this effort and possibly create “these offices to be under the supervision of our foreign embassies” in those countries.