NAPTIP Highlights Newly Approved Anti-Human Trafficking Act in Nigeria

As the CEO and chairman of Continental Transfer Technique Limited (CONTEC), Benoy Berry leads a global enterprise that specializes in providing technology-based and security solutions. Benoy Berry balances his responsibilities at Contec Global with his work on an anti-human trafficking campaign of the National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP) in Nigeria.

In a recent press release, NAPTIP discussed Nigeria’s approval of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015. The act was passed by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan after the National Assembly re-enacted that country’s anti-human trafficking legislation by repealing previous regulation and passing the new law. According to NAPTIP, officials determined that the former legislation wasn’t effectively deterring trafficking in persons (TIP) because new, unaddressed activities had developed since 2003, the year the law was first enacted.

NAPTIP explained that the criminal justice system was faced with a number of offenses, such as exploitation for organ removal purposes, which could not be criminalized under the former legislation despite conflict with international protocol. By criminalizing additional TIP activities and increasing penalties, NAPTIP believes the newly approved act ensures that Nigeria now has one of the best legal frameworks to address TIP in the world.