The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person and other Related Offences (NAPTIP), Sokoto zonal command intercepted 111 victims of human trafficking last year.
A statement signed by the zonal commandant, Barrister Hassan Tahir said 54 suspects were arrested in the period under review.
It said that 16 of the suspects were female while the remaining ones were male.
According to the statement, a total of 20 cases of child abuse and five cases of sexual exploitation had been recorded.
It added that 10 cases of child abduction were recorded in 2016 while 24 children were reported missing.
Tahir called on parents to desist from sending their under aged children to cities where they end up becoming nuisance to the society.
According to him, these children are being subjected to all forms of exploitation like street begging, child labour and sexual abuse among others.
"Some selfish people often see them as readymade tools for inciting violence," he said.
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