‘Sweden now destination for human traffickers’

THE Swedish government has expressed concern that human traffickers now use Sweden as a destination for the illicit trade.

It said Monday that there has been an increase in the number of Nigerians trafficked to Sweden.

The Swedish Head of Delegation, who is the Coordinator against prostitution and trafficking, Claes Lyckner, spoke yesterday during a visit to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in Abuja.

Lyckner said the delegation was in the country to collaborate and seek ways of deporting the trafficked persons to Nigeria.

He said an average of five Nigerians had been trafficked into Sweden daily in the last four months.

He said Nigerians in Sweden were involved in the sex trade which is tarnishing the image of the country.

Lyckner urged the Federal Government to assist deported victims to speed up their rehabilitation on their return.

NAPTIP Executive Secretary Chuzi Egede said the delegation would study the human trafficking situation in Nigeria.

He said the agency had investigated 1,335 cases of human trafficking and prosecuted about 85.

Egede said 52 cases were pending in various high courts.

He said: “About 4,000 victims have been counselled and reunited with their families and rehabilitated with a vocation of their choice.”

Egede praised the Swedish government and law enforcement agencies, saying they were poised to fight human trafficking.

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