Lagos State being a border town and the main commercial hub in the West African region is endemic as a source, transit and destination State for human trafficking in Nigeria.  On 18 July 2011, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) in partnership with UNODC carried out a town hall meeting in Lagos State under the anti-human trafficking project "Capacity Building for NAPTIP's Implementation of the Action Plan against Human Trafficking" which is funded by the Governments of Switzerland, Finland and Norway .

The town hall meeting served as a catalyst for change to create awareness and sensitize Lagos State residents on issues of human trafficking while seeking their feedback on adequate reform measures or policies to be integrated in the national plan of action on trafficking in persons. Over 300 participants participated in the meeting and welcomed the neutral and democratic platform to interact with representatives of NAPTIP; the Lagos State Government, the police; the immigration service; ministry of justice; ministry of justice, civil society organizations and other stakeholders.

 

Discussions at the town hall meeting revolved around the Lagos State governments stands in respect of human trafficking and child labour as well as identifying sustainable remedies to combat human trafficking in Lagos in particular and in Nigeria as a whole. Participants expressed their views on the phenomena and provided suggestions on ways to combat human trafficking including; greater access to poverty alleviation programmes and education; Increased awareness raising activities in schools, faith organizations, communities and staff in the transportation industry as well as the adoption of a multi-agency approach to combating trafficking in persons.

 

Delivering the key note address on behalf of Her Excellency the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the Director of Child Development, Mrs. Alaba Fadairo assured the participants that the communiqué  which was adopted at the town hall meeting will serve as working document for the Lagos State Government in combating the crime.