To enhance support to victims, IOM has signed an agreement with the Nigerien National Agency for the Fight against Trafficking in Persons and Illicit Trafficking of Migrants (ANLTP/TIM). The agreement includes an action plan for the next two years, financed by the European Union.
Niger is not only a country of origin and destination but transit, especially for trafficked men, women, and children subjected to forced labour. Given this, the country continues to be a key place for anti-trafficking and counter-smuggling activities for migrants from and in West Africa.
According to IOM data and interviews from Niger, more than half of the victims of trafficking in Niger assisted in 2017 stated that they were subjected to exploitative begging. Over 30 per cent stated that they were sexually exploited. The victims who were assisted originated from Nigeria, followed by Niger itself.