Anti-Trafficking: Catholic bishop, others want legal framework for asset seizure

The Auxiliary Catholic Bishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Anselm Umoren; a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Damian Dodo; and the Director of Public Enlightenment, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Arinze Orakwue, have urged the National Assembly to provide the legislative framework for the courts to confiscate the assets of human traffickers.

They said this on Wednesday in Abuja during the formal launch of three advocacy campaign hashtags by the Action Against Trafficking In Persons Cluster (AATIP) and the Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement (SCALE).

According to them, this will not only weaken criminal networks in the fight against human trafficking in the country, but also create room for the victims of the crime to benefit from the proceeds.

In their separate remarks, experts and stakeholders shared experiences and best practices in the efforts to address and counter the human trafficking problem worldwide.

Speaking, Mr. Dodo, SAN, who is the pioneer chairman of NAPTIP, said, “We need a legislative framework that will enable the courts not only to confiscate the proceeds of human trafficking, but to also begin to implement the concept of restorative justice.

“So, it is not enough for the government to confiscate the proceeds of human trafficking, the victims of this evil crime should benefit from the proceeds.

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