In numbers: People trafficking in Nigeria

Nigeria is trying to raise awareness of the issue of people trafficking. Credit: ITV News

The UK's first Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland has made Nigeria a high priority, as latest figures reveal a rise in the number potential trafficking victims brought to the UK.

Read: Rise in numbers of Nigerians trafficked to the UK

Here are some facts about the issue.

  • Hundreds of Nigerians brought into the UK every year for forced labour or prostitution, this includes men, women, and children.

Nigeria is trying to raise awareness of the issue of people trafficking. Credit: ITV News
  • The Home Office estimates there are between 10,000 and 13,000 potential victims of slavery in the UK.

  • The Modern Slavery Act, under which Kevin Hyland's post was established, was passed this year. It is the first legislation of its kind in Europe.

Britain's new Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland pictured during a visit to Nigeria. Credit: ITV News
  • Nigeria is one of the world's main source countries of human trafficking. It is also the key African source country for women trafficked for the sex trade.

  • The country's Edo State is the hub of its trafficking crisis.

ITV News presenter Julie Etchingham speaks to a Nigerian woman about her experience of being trafficked for prostitution. Credit: ITV News.
  • Around half those arrested for trafficking in Edo State are women.

  • Italy is the most popular destination for Nigerian trafficking. It is estimated there are as many as 10,000 Nigerian prostitutes.

A national agency is trying to tackle the problem of human trafficking in Nigeria. Credit: ITV News
  • Nigeria's National Agency For The Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) was set up in 2003.

  • To date, NAPTIP have rescued 6000 victims - but in 2014 only 19 traffickers were convicted.

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