Organ harvesting rate alarming- NAPTIP warns

2017-08-04
NEW Telegraph Newspaper


Executive Director- General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP), Julie Okah-Donli, yesterday expressed worry over increasingly cases of organ harvesting. Speaking during a meeting at Alausa, Ikeja with the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, Okah-Donli said that strengthening partnership with stakeholders was vital in the fight against human trafficking in the state.

She said the agency and the state government had over the years enjoyed a good working relationship. However, according to her, the new dimension of organ harvesting has become worrisome and calls for renewed and greater partnership between state and non-state actors to tackle as the menace. She said: “No one is safe anymore from the claws of human traffickers.

Human trafficking has gone beyond the usual sexual and labour exploitation. It has assumed a dangerous dimension of organ harvesting across the globe, where victims are daily murdered in the process of extracting their vital organs and body parts for sale.

This gives the trafficking gangs better and quick profits than sexual and labour exploitation.” Okah-Donli urged the Lagos State government to join hands with the agency to ensure that victims rescued within and around the state are effectively catered for.

To achieve this, she said the two parties must work together in the establishment of projects that would impact positively on the lives of rescued victims. Commending Ambode on the giant strides recorded in the state by his administration within two years, Okah-Donli said the agency since 2004, when it established the Zonal Command in the state, had enjoyed a cordial relationship with various organs of government.

The DG told the governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Lola Akande, that the agency had recorded 325 convictions of traffickers and rescued over 12,000 victims of trafficking since inception, out of which 4,495 were catered for by the agency through the Lagos Command’s shelter. She added: “Due to Lagos State proximity to major airports, seaports and land borders, it is sadly endemic in human trafficking as it is a source, transit and destination state for human trafficking activities.”

 

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