Makurdi — The Benue state Police Command has rescued 17 underaged children from a suspected child trafficking syndicate who specialized in picking children from Benue and neighboring states for distribution to yet to be identified persons in Lagos, Abeokuta and Ibadan.
Days after her husband’s landmark human trafficking conviction, an emotional Nicole Huen broke her silence to respond to what she says was a hurtful and inaccurate depiction of her family by prosecutors.
The police in Benue State have intercepted three mini buses moving in a convoy and loaded with 55 trafficked children, including ten girls and seven boys, while on stop-and-search duty along Otukpo-Enugu Expressway.
Government has noted media reports which allege that child prostitution is rife, and rapidly growing, in the eastern Free State region due to poverty.
The reports indicate that some parents send their daughters on to the streets to earn an income to help feed the family.
But what exactly is human trafficking? It's commonly defined as the buying, or selling of a person for sexual purposes, forced labor or any other coerced explotation.