World Cup child trafficking plot stopped in Nigeria

Ten Nigerian children who were being smuggled out of the country to Russia have been rescued, the country's anti-traf...

Posted: Jun 13, 2018 7:05 PM
Updated: Jun 13, 2018 7:05 PM

Ten Nigerian children who were being smuggled out of the country to Russia have been rescued, the country's anti-trafficking agency said Tuesday.

The traffickers were attempting to exploit relaxed entry rules into Russia ahead of the 2018 World Cup, according to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

Nine young girls and one boy were rescued and each child was in possession of a FIFA Fan ID, to take advantage of the fact that Russia is allowing travelers to enter the country with only a FIFA pass before and during the World Cup, NAPTIP said.

The children were intercepted Saturday as they tried to board a Moscow-bound flight in Lagos.

Five suspects, including a police sergeant, have been arrested for allegedly facilitating their travel, the agency said.

The children are now in a shelter for victims of trafficking run by the agency.

Director General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah Donli urged parents to be vigilant warned that human traffickers were luring youths abroad with false promises of sports scholarships and recruitment for sports activities.

"Our intelligence indicated that these mindless and wicked individuals... have now diversified their nefarious activities to include fabricating fake stories of providing educational supports in forms of scholarship, recruitment for sporting activities and the most frightening being organ harvesting," she said.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 33558

Reported Deaths: 2110
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion9616571
Lake3538185
Cass15897
Allen145168
St. Joseph124834
Elkhart116328
Hendricks116171
Hamilton115693
Johnson1093108
Madison58559
Porter51627
Bartholomew50034
Clark49241
LaPorte42423
Howard39526
Tippecanoe3903
Jackson3791
Delaware37736
Shelby36822
Hancock32728
Floyd31839
Boone30935
Morgan27824
Vanderburgh2652
Montgomery23517
White2318
Decatur22431
Clinton2231
Noble21121
Grant20621
Harrison19221
Dubois1923
Henry16910
Greene16824
Monroe16612
Warrick16628
Dearborn16621
Vigo1648
Lawrence15423
Miami1411
Putnam1367
Jennings1304
Orange12522
Scott1193
Kosciusko1111
Franklin1098
Ripley1086
Carroll922
Marshall901
Daviess8516
Steuben812
Newton7710
Wayne776
Fayette767
Wabash762
LaGrange712
Jasper651
Washington521
Jay500
Fulton481
Clay471
Rush462
Randolph463
Pulaski460
Jefferson431
Whitley393
Starke363
Sullivan341
Owen341
Brown331
DeKalb331
Perry310
Benton300
Knox290
Wells280
Huntington272
Tipton251
Crawford240
Blackford242
Fountain202
Switzerland200
Spencer191
Parke170
Posey160
Gibson142
Adams131
Ohio130
Warren121
Martin110
Vermillion100
Union80
Pike60
Unassigned0164
West Lafayette
Broken Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 73°
Kokomo
Broken Clouds
70° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 70°
Rensselaer
Broken Clouds
70° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 70°
Fowler
Broken Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 68°
Williamsport
Scattered Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 72°
Crawfordsville
Broken Clouds
69° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 69°
Frankfort
Overcast
71° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 71°
Delphi
Broken Clouds
70° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 70°
Monticello
Broken Clouds
70° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 70°
Logansport
Broken Clouds
70° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 70°
Cooler, less humid weather ahead by the weekend.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events