Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP Anambra State Command has rescued a 16 year old girl, suspected to be a victim of human trafficking at Mgbakwu in Awka North L.G.A. of Anambra State.
The victim, identified as Chioma Obi, was rescued in an uncompleted building during a joint operation by NAPTIP, Ministry of Women and Social Welfare Awka and the state Vigilante Group (AVG).
Investigations revealed that the victim gave birth three days before her rescue in the uncompleted building at Mgbakwu, where she was harboured by unknown trafficking syndicate.
Ikengaonline also gathered that the girl, an indigene of Enugwu-Ukwu in Anambra, appeared mentally unstable and has over the years been used by the gang which operates from the uncompleted building at Mgbakwu to give birth to babies which they sell on delivery.
Speaking on the development, Public Relations Officer of NAPTIP Anambra State, Mr. Anthony Okafor, said the Command is on the trail to apprehend the syndicate and rescue the already sold children of the victim.
He said the victim and her child are currently in protective custody, where they are undergoing counselling and rehabilitation at a shelter provided by the Ministry of Women and Social Welfare.