Human trafficking globally now generates an estimated annual profit of $150 billion.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) stated this during the commemoration of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
It added that traffickers exploit about 25 million people annually for gains in committing horrendous crimes, saying human trafficking is a challenge of extraordinary proportion, which could cause major humanitarian crisis if not urgently and adequately addressed.
To this end, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has reinforced the need for critical reforms in the establishment of effective mechanisms that would minimise the incidence of human trafficking in Nigeria.
The chamber stated this at the partnership with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to commemorate the World Day Against Trafficking in persons, with the theme, “Victim’s Voices Lead The Way.’”
The president of LCCI, Mrs. Toki Mabogunje, said the trafficked Nigerian women and men are recruited from rural areas within the country’s border for involuntary domestic servitude with Nigeria being the source and transit for the destination of women and children subjected to trafficking in persons for forced labour and forced prostitution.
According to her, these women and children are taken from Nigeria to other West African countries such as; Gabon, Cameroon, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Chad, Burkina Faso and the Gambia for nefarious purposes while some are taken to Europe, especially Italy, adding that they have had traumatic post-rescue experience during identification interviews and legal proceedings.
She highlighted the roles of advocacy groups, development partners, security agencies, government parastatals, humanitarian institutions in supporting the rehabilitation and employment of survivors who are leading the campaign against human trafficking.
According to the LCCI boss, the statistical report of irregular migration in Nigeria by National Bureau of Statistics revealed that states with the highest number of irregular migration are Delta, Edo, Imo and Lagos.