Some survivors of human trafficking Friday received empowerment kits from the Lagos Command of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to start tailoring, hairdressing, pedicure and make up businesses.
Presenting the kits, the Zonal Commander, NAPTIP Lagos Command, Comfort Agboko congratulated the recipients and charged them to make good use of the start-up kits in building a financial base for themselves.
She stressed the need for survivors to become economically independent so that they did not fall prey to the lures of traffickers, appealing to them not to sell the kits to meet immediate needs.
Agboko called on Nigerians to desist from irregular migration paths as this renders them vulnerable to exploitation from traffickers.
She also decried the practice of parents allowing their children to embark on journeys as unaccompanied minors making them easy prey for kidnappers and human traffickers.
The NAPTIP Zonal Commander stated that the empowerment program is part of the Director General Dr. Fatima Waziri-Azi’s drive to ensure sustainable evidence -based rehabilitation, reintegration and empowerment programs for survivors.
Items presented include: tailoring machines and accessories, hair dryers and accessories, mirrors, generator, with one survivor receiving a cash empowerment of N295,000.
Giving a vote of thanks on behalf of the lucky 13, one of the survivors gave thanks to God for helping them escape the dire situations their traffickers and exploiters had subjected them to.
She described irregular migration as a death trap which should be avoided and thanked NAPTIP for the opportunity to start up her own little vocation.