The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), on Wednesday, disclosed that about 8 million Nigerian children are child labourers, making the number of child labourers in Nigeria more than the population of French speaking Togolese Republic which has a population of approximately 7.5 million.
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According to the Acting Director-General of NAPTIP, Alhaji Abdulrazak Dangiri, who disclosed this at the opening of the Planning and Writing Workshop for the Infusion of Trafficking in Persons Issues into the Curricula of Primary and Secondary Schools, in Keffi, such children are used as domestic servants, prostitutes, scavengers, car washers, bus conductors, drug peddlers and farmers.
“Trafficking in human beings, especially women and girls, is not new. It is a complex, multifaceted phenomenon involving multiple networks at the institutional and commercial levels with a huge market for cheap labour and commercial sex.
“The untold stories and sad tales that have punctuated issues of human trafficking across the globe and precisely in sub-Saharan Africa have further ruptured our emotion and propelled us to ensure the menace is minimized, if not eradicated.
“With new human trafficking strategies and routes being developed and established by traffickers, uninformed victims are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cleverly crafted schemes. A counter-strategy to these sharp practices, therefore, is the effective dissemination of information on trafficking in persons.”
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Here are some facts and figures about children at work according to International Labour Organization (ILO)
Estimated number of child labourers in 2013 was 168 million
44 Percentage of child labourers are between the ages of 5 and 11
85 million children worldwide do hazardous work
98 million children work in the agricultural sector worldwide
78 million children work in Asia-Pacific region, which is the highest worldwide
21 Percentage of children in Sub-Saharan Africa are child labourers, making it the region the highest incidence rate in the world.
The number of girls working around the world dropped to 40 percent between 2000 and 2012, while the number of boys working dropped 25 percent between 2000 and 2012.