The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, says it has secured the conviction of no fewer than 38 sexual offenders in the last year across the country.

The Director-General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli, disclosed this on Monday in Enugu during the training of stakeholders and members of state task forces on human trafficking in the South East.

Okah-Donli said the 38 people were those recorded in its register between November 2019 and November 2020. She said that the essence of the sexual offender register, launched in November 2019, was to name and shame sexual offenders in the country. 

On human trafficking, Okah-Donli said that the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic posed a great challenge to the crusade against the crime.

Okah-Donli said that NAPTIP, in conjunction with state governments and with the support of the International Organisation for Migration, IOM, and other partners, had between 2019 and 2020 inaugurated State Task Forces on Human Trafficking.