The House of Representatives on Wednesday called on the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to publish the names and pictures of convicted traffickers.
This followed a unanimous adoption of a motion moved by Rimamnde Kwewum and seven others during plenary presided over by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila.
The motion was on the “Need to Investigate the Degrading Sex Slavery Nigerian Women are Subjected to.”
Presenting the motion, Kwewum said currently there are tens of thousands of Nigerian women and underage girls forced into sex slavery around the world.
The lawmaker added that some West African countries had “become notorious in maltreating Nigerian women, keeping them as sex slaves” and providing safe haven for perpetrators of human trafficking.
The lawmakers, however, urged personnel of the Nigerian Immigration Service at the ports and borders of Nigeria to permit trained NAPTIP officials to operate, to spot, identify and prevent the illicit emigration of potential victims.
The House Committee on Human Rights was directed to conduct investigation into all aspects of sex slavery and recommend appropriate budgeting and legislative, measures, including sanctions and cooperation with fellow African countries to stop trafficking.