National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called for speedy trial of human trafficking cases to check the menace in the society.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr Tony Ojukwu made this call in Abuja on the eve of the 2020 commemoration of the International Day Against Human Trafficking (IDAHT)
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that IDAHT is commemorated on every July 30 every year.
He further stated that the theme of this year’s celebration, “Committed to the cause-working on the frontline to end human trafficking” is very apt.
This, he said, recognises the efforts and sacrifices of human rights defenders towards addressing human trafficking which is a serious global problem.
Ojukwu also expressed concern that despite the efforts of the federal government ( through NAPTIP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to contain human trafficking it still persist.
According to him, Nigeria remains a source, transit and destination of human trafficking as released by the latest Global Slavery Index (2018).
He added that Nigeria ranks 32 out of 167 countries with the highest number of trafficked slaves.