Italy has identify the traffickers behind the deaths of 26 Nigerian women on the Italian coast

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on Tuesday said it has asked the United Nations and authorities in Italy to identify and prosecute the traffickers behind the deaths of 26 Nigerian women on the Italian coast.

This came after reports that 26 dead Nigerian women were found aboard a Spanish warship, carrying 375 rescued migrants.

NAPTIP Director of Press and Public Relations, Josiah Emerole, stated this in a statement.


Emerole said statistics of death of Nigerians involved in illegal immigration has risen exponentially.

He added that the identity of the owners of the rickety boats used to transport the women must be identified.

Emerole added, “Our agency is pained by this occurrence which has cut short the lives of our young women in their prime in suspicious circumstances. The deaths are untimely and unwarranted. We have mounted awareness campaigns against human trafficking and illegal migration and have consistently persuaded our citizens from embarking on life-threatening journeys through the desert and the Mediterranean Sea that can end up in organ harvesting, forced prostitution, domestic servitude, forced begging and death.

“We call for a high-level investigation by the United Nations Organisation on this incident. We need to know the identities of the owners of the rickety boats that carry people along the sea, so that they could be prosecuted appropriately. We will also engage the Italian authorities on this, with a view to knowing the Nigerians involved and applying the laws against them.”

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