NAPTIP, Turkish rights group raise alarm on trafficking of Nigerians to Northern Cyprus

By AdvocateNews on 02/08/2022

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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Human Rights Platform, a Turkish based group have raised concerns on the new human trafficking syndicates operating between Nigeria and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRCN).

This was disclosed in a statement by Stella Nezan, Head, Press and Public Relations Unit on behalf of the NAPTIP Director General.

According to the statement, human traffickers promise young Nigerians university education and work opportunities in TRCN. However, once the students arrive at the territory, they are locked up in private apartments and forced into prostitution.

According to the hotline data of the Human Rights Platform, Nigerians form 70% of the human trafficking cases, from November 2021 to date, and all are victims of sex trafficking.

According to the human rights platform, “In March 2020,  TRNC criminalized human trafficking, but the authorities are reluctant to investigate such cases.

“There is absolutely no legal framework that protects and assists human trafficking victims and there is no shelter. Hence, victims are often exploited for months with no access to law enforcement. Even in rare cases, they are rescued, they are left with no assistance and protection from the authorities.’’

The human rights platform is currently the only organization that provides legal assistance and support to the victims. Trends show that victims that come to the “TRNC” with student visas are deceived by agents that are used as a shield by the traffickers. Most times, a Nigerian trafficker would approach the victims in Nigeria either face to face or online and convince them to travel to the “TRNC”.

“In addition, students should make sure that they have the financial means to cover all their university fees and living expenses, since the country is currently suffering from economic crises and job opportunities for students are dire,” said the rights group.

The group however, advised anyone who finds themselves in an exploitative situation in the “TRNC”, to reach out to them through their hotline line on +905428620060.

“The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (“TRNC”) has not been recognized by any country except Turkey. It is a territory that is largely isolated from the world because it is not recognized as a sovereign state. The country also struggles to implement the minimum human rights standards in many areas because of insufficient resources, capacity, and engagement with the international community. The economy is based on two major sectors; tourism and education,” it added.

TRNC which has a population of about 326,000 currently has 22 operating universities. However, the education sector carries significant risks according to the latest cases in relation to human trafficking. The student visa regulations are not stringent compared to other countries. As such, students can receive visas mostly with just a proof of university registration. It has been understood that the human traffickers have been abusing this procedure and contacting Nigerians, especially young women, to deceive them into going to “TRNC”.

NAPTIP therefore warned Nigerians who are being approached to travel to Northern Cyprus for university education to exercise extreme caution as most of those offers are from human traffickers who are capitalising on the loose visa procedures to traffic them to that country.

Posted 02/08/2022 12:57:35 PM


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