Lawmakers, on Monday, held a public forum as part of efforts to legislate that human trafficking offences in the country will attract a ten-year jail term, while parents or guardians who give out minors without verifying their destination will be criminally liable.
In her presentation, Beni Lar said, “The bill provides stiffer penalties as fines alone are no longer options for persons convicted of trafficking, they must serve a minimum of ten years sentence, in addition to fines. This bill will also strengthen the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) as it will no longer have to rely solely on government for funding.”
The bill, according to Lar, will provide greater integration of counter trafficking strategies by including a wide range of state security agencies and civil society organisations.
“The bill will also seek to broaden the definition of trafficking by including activities such as the procurement or recruitment of any person for organ trafficking,” she added.