Chairman of the Police Service Commission(PSC), Mr Solomon Arase, has advised parents to be cautious and carry out thorough background checks before entrusting their children to anyone and remain vigilant by keeping in touch with their children
He made the call on Thursday in Lagos during a book launch with the title, “We are priceless”, authored by a crime security reporter, Juliana Francis.
Arase, who is a former Inspector General of Police said it was essential to prioritise the safety and well-being of the young ones.
Arase, also the chairman of the occasion, advised parents on the importance of ongoing monitoring.
He noted that once parents had entrusted their children to someone, it was imperative to maintain regular contact and keep a tab on their activities.
The PSC boss said that obtaining the phone numbers and contact information of the individuals responsible for the children’s well-being remain crucial for effective communication and oversight.
“Keep a tab on your kids as they go along. Get the phone number of who they are going to stay with and know what they are doing, it is a holistic approach,” he added.
Arase suggested that training law enforcement officers was essential in countering these crimes.
This, he said, coud be achieved by educating law enforcement personnel about the signs and the checklist of indicators associated with human trafficking and other crimes against children.
Mr Godwin Morka, a retired director, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), called for collective responsibility in combating the crime.
Morka said that cmbating human trafficking requires a united effort from individuals, communities, organisations, and government agencies.
“There is need for concerted effort by all to stop human trafficking.
“It is doing great damage to Nigerian youths, particularly the female gender.
“The book launched by Francis is one way to the directive, others should join in any capacity in fighting the menace,” he said.
The author, Francis, who shared a personal experience of how she was raped at a young age, pleaded with parents to exercise caution and not blindly trust individuals who offer to sponsor their children’s travel expenses.
According to her, the experience inspired her to become passionate about covering the activities of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and helping girls who have been victims of trafficking.
Francis said that she was rape at a tender age, but could not tell anybody but after graduating from university she started covering NAPTIP.
“I saw girls being trafficked and raped and that was how what happened to me make me passionately have interest to start covering NAPTIP and the girls.
“I saw a 10-year-old girl kept in a hotel, being violated and raped by whitemen and her madam was collecting money (dollars) from the mem,” she said.
Francis, CEO of Youthlsens Initiative Development, a non-governmental organisation, said, “We need to start to educate our girls so that when someone tell them he want to take them to abroad they should know nothing is wrong.”
She urged parents to be careful and not just release their children to anybody who volunteered to take them abroad and foot the traveling bills.
The Publisher of securitynews alert.com called on everyone to unite to fight the crime.
“Everyone should become a campaigner, I want my book to have an effect, is a family book, even though the target may be secondary school students.
“Everybody should be more enlighten about issue that has to do with human trafficking,” she said.