Nigeria – The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons says there is an increase in the external trafficking of people for sexual exploitation.

Mr Godwin Morka, Director, Research and Programme, Development Department, made the disclosure in Abuja on Friday at a round-table.

The forum was organised by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation, a German nongovernmental organization.

Morka, represented by Mr Ayeni Yusuf of the agency, said the increase was reflected in NAPTIP’s 2016 statistics.

Morka said in 2016 more women were trafficked for internal and external sexual exploitation while more girls were trafficked for the purpose of child labour and abuse.

He said some of the victims were in search of greener pastures abroad with those deceived often falling into the hands of criminal syndicates who exploited or killed them.

“NAPTIP is more concerned with irregular migration because it is when people migrate irregularly that they fall into the hands of criminals.

“Unfortunately, they encounter a lot of evil ordeals on their journeys through the desert and dangerous voyage through the Mediterranean where some of them are deliberately thrown overboard when they develop even minor ailments.

“When they successfully cross to the other side, it does not end there as they are handed over to other syndicate groups who use them for sexual exploitation, child labour and all sorts without their consent and to make money.

“They have further transcended to organ harvesting where they remove the organs of their victims and export same to other countries,” Morka explained.