ABUJA, (Xinhua) --
More than 25,000 Nigerians have been held
in slave and sex camps in Libya, Nigeria’s National
Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP)
said on Tuesday.
So far, only about 5,000 of the victims were repatriated
with the assistance of the International Organization
for Migration (IOM) and the European Union, said Julie
Okah-Donli, Director General of NAPTIP.
According to the official, the recent trend, which
marked the resurgence of the slave trade, was more
alarming and required more attention in the world.
She said Nigeria would consistently put the issue of
human trafficking at the center of global discourse at
various international fora and that the country would
work to strengthen national response to irregular
Early December, the Nigerian government said it had
identified 2,778 of its citizens languishing in
detention camps in Libya.
The Nigerian government vowed to make the repatriation
of its citizens a continuous exercise, as the embassy in
Libya will continue to engage the Lybian government and
other stakeholders in addressing the plight of Nigerian
migrants in that country.