Human traffickers have already started taking advantage of the fast approaching 2018 world cup in Russia.
According to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, no fewer than ten Nigerian children in possession of a FIFA Fan ID, were rescued as they were being tried to be smuggled into Russia.
NAPTIP says the traffickers were attempting to exploit relaxed entry rules into Russia ahead of the tournament.
The rescued include – nine young girls and a boy were intercepted on Saturday as they tried to board a Moscow-bound flight in Lagos.
It was gathered that they intended to leverage on the fact that Russia is allowing travelers to enter the country with only a FIFA pass before and during the World Cup.
Following the children’s interception, five suspects including a police sergeant have been arrested for facilitating the children’s travel.
Julie Okah Donli, the Director General of NAPTIP, enjoined parents to be watchful over their kids, saying human traffickers were luring youths abroad with false promises of sports scholarships and recruitment for sports activities.