NAPTIP rescues five child laborers and seals off a construction site in Enugu

the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on Thursday in Enugu, Enugu state, rescued five underage workers and sealed a building under construction where they worked. NAPTIP South East Zone Commander Nneka Ajie revealed this in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) after the agency raided the construction site. NAN reported that the construction site, which is located at No. 1 Dr. Alex Ekwueme Street, Independence Layout, Enugu, is a four-story building. Ms Ajie said the morning raid followed intelligence gathered by the agency that some underage children were being exploited by their “principal”. “We received notice that some children are being brought into the state for child labor and exploitation. We did surveillance and raided the place. “We managed to rescue five minors between the ages of eight and 17, as well as 12 adults who were minors at the time they were recruited and brought to the state four years ago,” he said. NAPTIP’s zonal commander said the victims were brought from the Republic of Benin by a man identified as Francis, who is now at large. She described the incident as modern day slavery that would never be allowed to take root in the state. According to Ms. Ajie, the building will be used as a hotel and the agency obtained the name of the alleged owner. “We are currently profiling the name of the alleged owner and we will do what is necessary at the appropriate time. In the meantime, the site is currently sealed off,” Ms Ajie added. Speaking to NAN, the minors said they had been in the country for a long time and Francis took them to work across the country. They said they were paid 3,000 naira a week, while the adults among them were paid 10,000 naira a week. NAN concluded that people doing such work on construction sites in Enugu are paid 7,000 naira per day. (YAYA) Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; NAPTIP rescues five child laborers and seals off a construction site in Enugu