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Britain and Nigeria to cooperate in tackling irregular migration and human trafficking

The British government says it will support the Nigerian government’s efforts to prosecute human traffickers as well as those who facilitate irregular migration in Nigeria and abroad, according to the newspaper Vanguard.

Laure Beaufils, the United Kingdom’s Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, expressed the British government’s support for Nigerian government’s efforts to take action against human trafficking during a recent presentation on potential cooperation between the governments of Nigeria and the UK to address the challenges associated with irregular migration.

Beaufils remarked that, “Our law enforcement agencies have a longstanding and very fruitful relationship with their Nigerian partners: The National Crime Agency and Immigration Enforcement International have been working with The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP,) over a number of years to prosecute those that perpetuate trafficking of people. And we are exploring ways to increase this support to Nigeria,” according to Vanguard in Nigeria.

The Director General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli, thanked the government of the United Kingdom for its support in combatting human trafficking.

Beaufils stressed UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitment to take a lead role in putting an end to modern slavery and human trafficking and also emphasised the need for a collective effort to be undertaken in coordination with businesses, individuals, and government agencies.

Theresa May has generally taken a “law and order” approach to human trafficking but her government has also shown interest in a more proactive strategy that would pressure businesses to exclude forced labour and encourage decent work as an alternative.

Photo caption: Traffickers in the southern Nigerian state of Edo are targeting women, girls and boys from vulnerable communities. Photo credit: Elena Perlino/REX/Shutterstock

TMP – 08/06/2018