France aids Nigerians rescued from traffickers

18th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

ABUJA, March 17 (AFP) - France on Thursday donated EUR 30,000 (USD 40,000) to assist in the welfare needs of more than 60 people in Nigeria, mostly children, rescued recently by Lagos police from suspected child traffickers.

ABUJA, March 17 (AFP) - France on Thursday donated EUR 30,000 (USD 40,000) to assist in the welfare needs of more than 60 people in Nigeria, mostly children, rescued recently by Lagos police from suspected child traffickers.

"In order to assist these children to get immediate welfare needs, France has decided to grant EUR 30,000 for the clothing, feeding, first aid kits and transportation of the victims back to their families," French Ambassador to Nigeria Yves Gaudeul said.

He was speaking when he handed over a cheque for EUR 30,000 to officials of the state-run National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP).

A police surveillance team last March 5 intercepted a truck in Amukoko district of Lagos and found the children, aged between one and 14, stowed away in the container normally used for carrying frozen fish, police officials said.

All the 64 occupants of the truck, including a woman believed to be the main suspect, the driver of the truck and his conductor are in the office of the Federal police CID, Alagbon, Lagos, pending conclusion of investigations.

"Let me express my deep disgust on this horrible event. French people, who saw on TV the reports, have been really shocked by what the criminals have done to these children," the French ambassador said.

"France strongly condemns such practices. France is determined to continue to give its support in the fight against human trafficking. We have to pursue our endeavour against the roots of human trafficking in order to eradicate this scourge," he said.

© AFP

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