2 Traffickers arrested, 3 Nigerians rescued

January 25, 2019 | Brainwave Science

SITUATION

Two traffickers along with three victims have been arrested by Nigerian Immigration Service in Katsina, the capital of Katsina state in the Northwest state of Nigeria. The two suspects were males aged 32 and 43 and were arrested at border patrol bases between January 17th and 19th. The younger is called Omoniyi Olowoporoku and the other is Omoseyin Solomon. Omoseyin was in possession of a travel passport and resident permit of Libya.

Surprisingly, investigation reveals that Omoseyin had been recently brought to Nigeria by the federal government, and he claimed to be the husband of one of his victim, Akinbayo Ashobi.

The suspects intended to smuggle their victims out of the country to Libya through the Niger Republic.

The two men were brought to Nigeria from Libya in 2018. But soon after their arrival, they resorted to Human Trafficking by becoming recruitment agents and deceiving young Nigerians with good jobs in Libya or further education in Europe.

The victims are being handed over to the Service headquarters for further investigations and necessary actions.

CHALLENGE

Katsina is the fourth most populous city of Nigeria. Its Human Development Index stands at 0.303,  HDI 35th of 36 states in the country. As a result, there is a desire amongst the youth of Katsina State in particular, and the youth of Nigeria, in general, to emigrate to lands of better job and education prospects. For two years in a row, Nigeria was the main nationality of those who arrived in Italy by sea. Between April 2017 and July 2018, 9,159 Nigerian migrants returned to their country of origin with the assistance of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) after attempting to reach countries such as Germany and Italy.

The International Organization for Migration is an intergovernmental organization that provides services and advice concerning migration to governments and migrants, including internally displaced persons, refugees, and migrant workers. In September 2016, it became a related organization of the United Nations.

According to a 2017 report by the same agency, West African Migrants are the group most likely to be vulnerable to exploitative practices on the migration journey. The presence of conflict in the country of departure can be a significant predictor of migrants’ vulnerability to human trafficking and exploitation during their journey to Europe. In Nigeria, IOM’s primary counter-trafficking function is assisting victims. The final transit countries in the Middle East and North Africa region, are those where incidents indicating exploitation are most likely to be reported by migrants, together with Bulgaria and Greece. The findings indicate that Libya – as a transit country or an initial destination – is the country where migrants are most vulnerable to potential human trafficking and other exploitative practices. Libya stands out as a particularly unsafe country for all migrants.

On the Central Mediterranean Route, the proportion of children travelling without their families is 75%. Even on the Eastern Mediterranean Route, it is 27%.

The information above suggests that there is exploitation on every checkpoint along the route.

When the trafficked humans reach Europe, they are forced to pay their dues and if they cannot, they are thrust into illegal work and/or prostitution to pay it off. Some asylum seekers and refugees may be terrorists in guise.

The Anti-trafficking agencies of the European and African Nations and the IOM must use a tool which can help them deal with this pandemic.

The trafficking routes to Europe from Africa and Asia to are so well established and spread, that since 2015, the IOM had to conduct a survey with 16,500 migrants about their experiences on the Eastern and Central routes to Europe. The information above is from this survey itself.

The European Migrant Crisis is a term given to the period beginning in 2015 when rising numbers of people arrived in the European Union (EU) from across the Mediterranean Sea or overland through Southeast Europe. It is part of a pattern of increased immigration to Europe from other continents which began in the mid-20th century and which has encountered resistance in many European countries.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

Unfortunately, the exploitation of the immigrants, which has come with this crisis, is flagrant. However, the current counter-trafficking efforts are dwarfed in comparison to the volume of influx and incidences of exploitation of refugees and migrants. There are countless ‘agencies’ such as the one operated by Omoniyi and Omoseyin which lure and entrap persons seeking better opportunities.

With the use of a revolutionary intelligence gathering mechanism, developed and marketed by Brainwave Science, the anti-trafficking agencies can kill ‘many birds with one shot’.

What if law enforcement agencies could tap into a suspect’s mind and “read” the invisible clues that link him or her to a crime?

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It is a powerful and all-encompassing tool like an army-knife with multiple applications. It is not only applicable to human trafficking and counter-terrorism, but also to national security, immigration, border control, and law enforcement.

Essentially, iCognative is a much-needed modern avatar of intelligence gathering and interrogation, without the torture and human suffering. Brainwave Science prides itself as an organization because it aims to eliminate coercion and torture in the process of investigation.

iCognative is a test which is carried out using a specialized headset and a portable computer on usually a suspect or a witness. The test subject is made to look at pictures, words or phrases which are related to a crime. These are called stimuli. At the same time, the headset worn by the subject records his brain responses to each stimulus and relays it to the software in the iCognative system.

The iCognative system, at the end of the test, immediately provides a result in the form of either ‘information present’ or ‘information absent.’

The stimuli in this case, when presented to the two arrested persons during the iCognative test can be, details of the probable trafficking routes taken by them, the names and details of the victims, suspected victims in the past, enabling officials along the way, records of interactions and transactions with victims and job-seekers in the form of CCTV evidence, digital and phone records, etc. 2 Traffickers arrested

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iCognative is a tool which is essential in the arsenal of every crime-fighting body, worldwide. 2 Traffickers arrested

As crime transcends national borders, iCognative, provided only by Brainwave Science is the  scientific  way to deal with not only everyday crime, but global epidemics like terrorism, human and drug trafficking, and illegal immigration

Main Source: Independent