For media covering human trafficking cases in Nigeria, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and its partners have created a Standard Reporting Handbook.
The reporting manual would be very helpful in guiding media on how to correctly cover stories about Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants, according to Professor Fatima Waziri-Azi, Director General of NAPTIP.
During a two-day workshop on Standard Reporting Handbook for Journalists and Members of the Trafficking in Persons Media Corps, held in Keffi, Nasarawa State on Tuesday, NAPTIP, in collaboration with Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM) and the European Union (EU), announced this.
According to Waziri-Azi, the reporting template was created in response to a UN declaration that called for the use of particular terminology, registers, and words that are relevant to human trafficking. If these are not used in your report, other word choices will be ineffective and could even stigmatize victims further.
“The UN conventions are the source of the terms highlighted in the reporting template; they are not derived from NAPTIP. The significance of utilizing these templates in our reporting is their perceived suitability in discussing the subject matter.”
The need for a reporting template, according to Waziri-Azi, who was represented at the workshop by Arinze Orakwue, Director of Training and Manpower Development, NAPTIP, is a result of the existence of specific registers and terms that are authorized for use in reporting cases of human trafficking and migrant smuggling.
“We can close the gap and validate the standard operating document with the help of the validation workshop,” she stated.
Federico Millan, the A-TIPSOM team leader, stated that the reporting template is a crucial instrument in the battle against human trafficking and migrant smuggling because it is the foundation of the project, which is carried out by the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (GIIAP).
“The way and manner cases of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants are being reported, must ensure that victims are adequately protected in the course of reporting of the issues,” he remarked at the occasion, Segun Sanwo representing him.