The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons andâ€¨ other related offences (NAPTIP) has reiterated its desire to partner with â€¨the Abia Government to end child abuse in the State. â€¨â€¨Speaking at the Sixth Abia Women Integrated Conference/Pre-August meetingâ€¨in UmuahiaÂ on Tuesday, Mrs. Nkiruka Michael, the South East Zonal Commanderâ€¨of NAPTIP, said cases ofÂ child traffickingÂ and labour were on the increase. â€¨â€¨Michael explained that more than eight million children in Nigeria were â€¨involved in various forms of abuse. â€¨â€¨She said that NAPTIP had prosecuted more than 100 cases of childâ€¨trafficking, adding that 200 victims in the zone had been rehabilitated. â€¨â€¨The commander said the cases had direct bearing on the proliferation ofâ€¨illegal maternity homes and appealed to the state government to take stepsâ€¨to ban such homes. â€¨â€¨”There must be a dedicated effort on the part of the government and otherâ€¨bodies to solve the socio-economic problems which contribute to theâ€¨ problem,” she said. â€¨â€¨Michael said the government needed to enforce the existing laws on theâ€¨right to education for the child as provided for in the Universalâ€¨Declaration for Human Rights and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). â€¨â€¨In her speech, Mrs. Odochi Orji, the wife of the State Governor, called onâ€¨ relevant government agencies to scrutinize the procedure for the â€¨registration of motherless babies’ homes. â€¨â€¨Mrs. Odochi Orji called for the review of the processes of child adoption in order to â€¨save future generations. â€¨â€¨She said the idea was to identify the fake from the genuine and help toâ€¨abolish the illegal business of child trafficking and close all babyâ€¨factories in the society. â€¨â€¨Mrs. Odochi Orji said it was immoral for a woman to sell her child because of povertyâ€¨ and appealed to the womenfolk to discourage their peers from such evilâ€¨act.