2023 Trafficking in Persons Report: Nigeria. While the Government of Nigeria has demonstrated efforts to combat human trafficking, it falls short of meeting minimum standards for elimination and maintaining its Tier 2 status. Despite progress, critical deficiencies persist.
Positive strides include an uptick in investigations, prosecutions, and convictions, with a focus on officials allegedly involved in trafficking crimes. Increased identification and referral of victims to care, alongside the development and implementation of a handover protocol for child soldiers and trafficking victims, reflect a commitment to victim welfare.
2023 Trafficking in Persons Report: Nigeria
The government’s updated national referral mechanism, incorporating guidance on assisting persons with disabilities, and the adoption of a disability inclusion plan aim to enhance support for trafficking victims.
However, Nigeria faces persistent challenges, notably corruption within the judiciary and immigration services, which contribute to trafficker impunity. The absence of investigations or prosecutions related to forced recruitment by the Civilian Joint Task Force and potential sex trafficking in government-run IDP camps highlights ongoing concerns. Addressing these issues is imperative for Nigeria to fully meet international standards in the fight against human trafficking.
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