The Director General of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi on Wednesday, 8th March, 2023, said it had rescued three babies who were allegedly rented out by their mothers for alms begging in return for N3,000 daily per child.

Beggars on the Street

NAPTIP’s Rapid Response Unit, rescued the babies aged between seven and nine months, after intercepting their traffickers at busy spots around the Nyanya area of Abuja.

According to a statement signed by NAPTIP’s Press Officer, Vincent Adekoye, the DG of the agency, disclosed this in Abuja while addressing stakeholders about its efforts in tackling some emerging trends of human trafficking and other associated crimes nationwide.

Azi, said the ugly development was one of the highest forms of cruelty as these children were made to face life threatening situations daily.

The DG warned that all those involved including parents who give out their children for unclear purposes, shall be identified and prosecuted.
She said NAPTIP had also commenced discussions with the relevant government Ministries, Departments and Agencies to increase vigilance within the identified black spots noted for street begging around the FCT.

Story: Christy Dung