Nigeria’s Human Trafficking and Modern-day Slavery Problem

July 18, 2018 | Brainwave Science


US State Department’s latest annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report placed Nigeria on Tier-2 watchlist for “failing to meet minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.” The report insisted that the Nigerian administration investigated none administration personnel complicit in human trafficking offenses despite the dominance of such cases every year.

The Report accused Nigerian senior government officials, security agents and Judges of corruption as well as not being conversant with the 2015 amended anti-trafficking act. However, The Nigerian government has denied the accusation. According to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, the government has taken deep concern in human trafficking. The minister also explained that the government was making huge efforts to eliminate such evil trade through advocacy and international cooperation.

According to the report, Nigeria’s ports and waterways around Calabar were transit points for West African children subjected to forced labor and child sex in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon and it’s dishearting that Nigerian children are trafficked as house helps, sex slaves, among others, to bordering countries such as Togo, Benin Republic, Ghana, Gabon and then en-route to Europe and America.

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and others that check the illicit trade on human beings should be intensified and sustained. The families around the globe must force to join the campaign against human trafficking as they are the basic and important unit of the society. Since the failure of the family affects the entire society and the country.

Grinding poverty in Nigeria may lead parents to engage in human trafficking of their children as reported. The government should begin an educating campaign against human trafficking. Religious leaders and parents should be engaged and educated about the human trafficking and ways to stop such savage trade. It is important to make these leaders and parents understand that making children migrate to other countries abroad as refugees is an evil act. The promises of a better life and better working opportunities abroad is a fairy tale sold to an ignorant Nigerians to traffic them to Europe and other countries for evil motives like forced labor, sex slave and more.

Another crucial step for the Nigerian government is to provide the necessities of life such as security, employment, water, electricity, transportation, housing, food and functional health facilities. As some Nigerians are tempted by these hazardous foreign travels that later end up in human trafficking because of the economic hardship in the country.


Human trafficking should be seen as modern-day slavery which has done a lot of damage to the humanity.  It involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them.

Nigeria is a well-known source country for women and children subjected to trafficking in persons including forced labor and forced prostitution. Trafficked Nigerian women are recruited from rural areas within the country’s borders – women and girls for involuntary domestic servitude and sexual exploitation, and boys for forced labor.  Nigerian gangs have sent thousands of women into the sex markets within Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands. Whereas Italy has the largest population of Nigerians victimized by human trafficking.

Nigeria has a history of having financial issues causing significant unemployment and poverty. It is estimated that roughly 15 million Nigerians live abroad to seek an education, for jobs, and better lives. Nigerian Human Trafficking gang use this information to recruit women and children for involuntary domestic servitude and sexual exploitation. These victims often have to endure physical and psychological abuse and are under continuous threats of physical harm or deportation.

In today’s technological environment, traffickers often find their victims online, through social media channels like Facebook and more. The main challenge for Anti-trafficking force is to collect quality intelligence sufficient to identify and dismantle the human trafficking complex networks. Anti-trafficking force’s failure to possess updated means of advanced and reliable intelligence gathering can lead to costly missed opportunities and increased risk for innocent civilians.

So which scientific technology has the capacity to support the Nigerian authorities in dismantling the human trafficking gang and provide substantial evidence against arrest corrupt government official complicit in human trafficking offenses?

Why iCognative?

iCognative by Brainwave Science is a revolutionary, neuroscience-based technology that is well suited to bring a resolution in complicated cases of human trafficking.  iCognative technology utilizes revolutions made in the field of neuroscience and technology to empower a 99.9% accurate identification of a trafficker by distinguishing what a person/s of interest, suspect/s, witnesses, or victim/s truly know. Unlike unfruitful interrogation techniques and tips from informants, iCognative guarantees a high success rate aids generation of quality leads at an unprecedented faster rate.

The iCognative solution empowers anti-trafficking personnel to distinguish between innocents and perpetrators and to gather valuable information from a very reliable and accurate source: the human brain. By the use of iCognative technology, a simple test can provide important and accurate intelligence/lead to the authorities for dismantling the entire human trafficking network.

To conduct a test on a subject, the test case needs to be built with confidential information about the trafficking case. This confidential information as stimuli is input into the iCognative system in the form of words, phrases or pictures (depending on the available form). Including several varieties of information that is known only to the perpetrator and investigator. Considering Nigeria situation, we can use the information such as the location of abduction/ hideouts; member in the gang; method of crime- social media; route approached; any link with government officials as inputs into the iCognative system to conduct the test on human trafficker.

When a suspect is detained, conventional methods of interrogation and questioning are futile if a suspect manipulates the truth. iCognative safely and non-invasively detects only crime-relevant information from a suspect. With iCognative, law enforcement can identify whether a suspect knows names of persons involved in human or drug trafficking networks, phone numbers of incriminating persons, prime or unique routes, codes, and banking information used to launder money. Known for its zero false negatives and zero false positives, the value of iCognative is undeniable for law enforcement. By revealing what valuable knowledge a suspect has, security personnel can clear cases at an unprecedented rate.

After the iCognative test, Nigerian authority can easily find accurate intelligence and leads to dismantle the notorious trafficking gang, arrest the corrupt government officials, protect Nigerians citizen and save money and time. Nigerian government can utilize that time and money in providing necessities of life such as security, employment, water, electricity, transportation, housing, food and functional health facilities to the citizen.



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