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.

31%

is the increase in the Nigerians being trafficked to the UK on the previous year 2013-2014.

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.

92%

of Nigerians trafficked for the sex trade in Europe are from Edo State.

1 in 3

women in Edo State have been approached by a trafficker.

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.

Video report by ITV News presenter Julie Etchingham: