The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has partnered the government to launch a three year programme on human trafficking that will see various counter trafficking activities being implemented including strengthening protection to identified victims.

This comes as cases of human trafficking continue being detected both locally and beyond the country’s borders.

Speaking at the launch of the programme, IOM Projects Manager, Daniel Sam said the project will ensure improved capacity on targeted communities and protect identified victims of trafficking.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture, Cde Melusi Matshiya said the government will continue providing an enabling environment that promotes response to human trafficking.

The project titled: ‘Combating Trafficking in Zimbabwe Through Prevention, Protection and an Institutionalised National Referral Mechanism,’ is being funded by the United States Department of State’s Office to monitor and combat trafficking in persons.

To date, close to 176 victims of human trafficking have been identified, repatriated and offered necessary protection upon arrival in the country with latest revelations showing that more than 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally.