Law enforcement authorities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from 17 European countries, along with Europol, attended an international conference last week in Amsterdam, to discuss joint approaches in the field of trafficking in human beings (THB) with Nigerian victims, and to strengthen cooperation between European Union Member States and Nigeria.
A Nigerian delegation of representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Police, tax and migration authorities, as well as the representatives of an NGO active in Nigeria, also attended the conference.
The event took place in the context of a German-led European project initiated in 2012 within the framework of the ‘EMPACT’ THB priority. The project, benefiting from Europol’s active support, focuses on tackling the Nigerian trafficking networks across the EU with a Europe-wide approach, and on identifying victims who are forced to work as prostitutes in various countries.
Since the initiation of the project, the participating countries have organised several joint action days, which have resulted in the identification of numerous potential victims of trafficking and the launch of new investigations to take down Nigerian criminal networks. (See ‘Joint Action to tackle West African Human Trafficking Networks’ press release.)