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Senate Passes Bill to Jail Human Traffickers for 7 Years



Human Trafficking - March 2014 - BellaNaija

Today Wednesday 19th March 2014, the Nigerian Senate in Abuja passed a bill seeking to jail human trafficking offenders for seven years.

Culprits are also given a minimum fine option of N1 Mllion instead of the sentencing.

According to Vanguard, the bill titled, “A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act, 2003”, seeks to provide measures against human trafficking in the country.


  1. Lateh F

    March 19, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    14 years for homosexuals and 7 years for human traffickers. .. confusion na wah for this system!

    • ant

      March 20, 2014 at 3:06 am

      exactly what i was going to say. Awon oloriburuku. They don’t know left from right or what is important.

    • Fashionista

      March 21, 2014 at 10:29 am

      As in, you just took the words right out of my mouth! sigh

  2. Annan

    March 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm


  3. eh

    March 19, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    And some people get 14 for private paroles….


  4. slice

    March 19, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    14 for gay. 7 for stealing a life

    • whocares

      March 20, 2014 at 10:12 am

      my favourite part of this is the fine option to avoid the sentence.. Please what is the source of this money if its not the trafficked human being? I am tired of the Nigerian government… Forget Sodom and Gomorrah, these are the people God needs to wipe away from the surface of the earth.

  5. @edDREAMZ

    March 19, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Nice senates, is high tym some men start paying for their sins in a way that will hurt them the most……

  6. Beht why

    March 19, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    So they even have a fine option sef? Nigeria we hail thee

  7. Chi

    March 19, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    So it’s 14 years for homosexuals but 7 for individuals who sell other humans 🙁 I think it should be life imprisonment or at least 25 years

  8. Anon

    March 19, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Weird how some supposed offences have at least double that jail term, surely human trafficking is almost as bad as taking a life! And as far underaged marriage I’m still perplexed! Not knocking the bill but I’m still not convinced that our law makers are earning their exorbitant remuneration, in fact their actions screams CONFUSION!

  9. Tiki

    March 19, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    A fine option? A FINE OPTION? Yeah. Traffic 50 people at the price of 500k per person. Pay 1-5million as fine, and you are scot-free. What a preventive/punitive measure. Yippee.

  10. Troll

    March 19, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Really? 7 years only for trafficking humans but 14years for being gay. Are these people mad?

  11. Mz Socially Awkward...

    March 19, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Just 7 paltry years?? Really? For selling human beings??? And a 1 million Naira fine for people who’ve probably made 100 x that amount in human trafficking? So the senate sat down to quantify the loss of freedom, deprivation of liberty and pain/sorrow that traffickers cause their victims and came up with 1million Naira?

    Oh well. It’s not like the money isn’t going to line some anuofia’s pocket instead of being used to rehabilitate victims so I guess all I can do is yimu…

  12. Poison Ivy

    March 19, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    7 years is small na……e suppose be 20years
    That way the perpetrators will disease from such inhumane act#my tot#

  13. Blessmyheart

    March 19, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    7 years? Only 7 years with an option of fine? And homosexuals get 10 to 14 years. As much as I detest homosexuality, these guys need to get their priorities right. Human trafficking is a grevious offence, it’s basically slavery all over again. And what’s with option of fine for these kind of offences? The Government is indirectly benefiting from the dirty proceeds of the crime.

  14. solucha

    March 19, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Rubbish…7 yrs or 1 million pound fine? For such a serious crime? What a joke!

  15. omada

    March 19, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Wait…what????? Only 7 years or the option of a fine for one of the biggest human rights violations????? Are these jokers serious? I feel like screaming…My God…

  16. pipi

    March 19, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Is this country not in trub… and it’s one million naira that would stop traffickers from their business… what a country and homos# is 14yrs

  17. IDGAF

    March 19, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    U promote gay discuss u get 10yrs but u commit a real crime and get 7yrs and den there is an option of fine…seriously? hw now? How?

  18. nnn

    March 19, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Good job. Hopefully it does deter this terrible act. No one deserves to go through the horrible treatment.

  19. Tae

    March 19, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Not enough. How can gay people get 14 years but human traffickers get 6 years! Why I everything done backwards in this Country!!!

  20. the canadian

    March 19, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    seems like they just seeing the light…stupid people

  21. Marc Francis of Chelsea

    March 20, 2014 at 12:30 am

    So, gay adults get 14 years but people carrying children to other countries for sex slavery get 7? Our lawmakers should be whipped!

  22. dammy

    March 20, 2014 at 3:11 am

    As in, 7 yrs pere, just 7 years! that is ridiculous. they get 7 yrs afta destroying lives, forcing people into forced labour and sexual slavering. And homosexuals get 10 to 14 years. They are basically encouraging this grievous offence

  23. Speaking of...

    March 20, 2014 at 3:21 am

    i would love to see them pass a bill that commits to fixing the major roads in the country instead passing all these senseless bills that they cannot enforce!!!!

  24. solucha

    March 20, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Really @ speaking of? Are you for real? I get that infrastructure is important but a law against human trafficking and stupid should never be written in the same sentence! The ridiculous bit here of course is the punitive measures are downright laughable. The option of a fine????? Still cannot get over that one. Please can all this old men and glorified thugs just give up their posts and leave ruling to the younger generation who have a little bit more sense? Not a lot more but still more!

  25. solucha

    March 20, 2014 at 4:12 am



    March 20, 2014 at 7:28 am

    only 7 years?

  27. FOB

    March 20, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Sometimes you just wonder if this country is going to get better…. it is not even the 7 years that is driving me crazy it’s the N1Million fine…. seriously one million naira for human trafficking….
    Sometimes I wonder if the colonial masters left too early!

  28. Noni

    March 20, 2014 at 11:05 am

    And they try to encourage us to move back to this black hole of a country?

    • omada

      March 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      as in!

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