The government has reaffirmed its commitment in fighting the crime of human trafficking within Zimbabwe’s borders, in the Southern African region and internationally.
The enactment of the Trafficking in Persons Act in 2014, which criminalised the process of human trafficking in the country, is part of the process of protecting citizens and as a result, an anti-trafficking inter-ministerial committee has since been established.
This was said by the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Cde Obedingwa Mguni during the belated commemorations of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons that was held in Bulawayo.
He said government has put in place structures to facilitate the repatriation of victims of trafficking and offer the much needed support which includes the provision of appropriate shelter, psycho-social services, rehabilitation and integration assistance.
Addressing the same gathering, an official from the International Organisation for Migration, which is the United Nations Migration Agency, Mrs Lily Sanya said they deal with trafficking in persons on a daily basis involving kidnapping and selling of persons as people are forced into jobs against their will while in some instances victims are forced to give away a kidney and other vital organs.
A UN official on drugs and crime for the regional office for Southern Africa, Mr Greenwell Lyempe said Zimbabwe got a rude awakening on trafficking in persons when over 200 women were reported as having been trafficked for domestic servitude and other forms of exploitation in the Middle East.
He said his organisation is working with Zimbabwe on the domestic counter trafficking efforts including providing technical assistance in the development of the trafficking in persons act, the national plan of action and training of law enforcement agents and other criminal justice practitioners.