The Ekiti State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has rescued 16 children who are being used for child labour in the last one year.
The NIS Comptroller in the state, Mrs. Remi Talabi, revealed that some of the rescued children are being used for prostitution.
Of the 16 rescued kids whose ages range between four and 16 years, only one of them was male while the rest were females.
The immigration comptroller disclosed this when a group that adopted two children in Ekiti 12 years ago, the Boots Family from the Netherlands, visited her in office in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Joshua, 18, and Victor, 14, were adopted in October 13, 2015 and taken to Netherlands after the death of their mother.
The Boots Family was led to the immigration comptroller’s office by the Director of Social Welfare in Ekiti, Dr. Ayodele Ibikunle.
Talabi said, “When children are trafficked, they are transported illegally. They are also subjected to inhuman treatment because they know they can’t come out.
“Within this year alone, we have rescued 16 children from where they were being used for hard labour.
“When they are supposed to be in school, they would be washing plates, doing sorts of work and probably will be the last to go to bed.
“The sad thing is that people are going beyond child labour, they are using them for prostitution. We will keep fighting this until we record all round success.”