Enforcing Nigeria’s Anti-People Trafficking Legislation: Challenges Toward Effective Implementation
Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud, President, Nigerian Bar Association
Adeline Dumoulin, Head, Modern Slavery Project, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association-UK
In 2003, Nigeria was the first country in West Africa to adopt national legislation addressing the issue of people trafficking and forced labour. The Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act created offences of human trafficking and established the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) - a taskforce with the responsibility to enforce anti-trafficking legislation and coordinate rehabilitation of trafficked persons. The act was then amended in 2005 to increase penalties for trafficking offenders.
In 2015, the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition), Enforcement and Administration Act was passed, introducing further penalties for offenders and criminalizing the employment of children under 12 in domestic labour. However, slow judicial processes and insufficient funding to cover NAPTIP’s wide remit have hindered Nigeria’s anti-trafficking agencies’ ability to implement legislation, and rates of arrest and prosecution of traffickers remains low.
At this Nigeria APPG meeting, speakers will discuss ways to mitigate capacity challenges and enhance enforcement of Nigeria’s anti-people trafficking legislation.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.