‘Human Trafficking Still Going On’

The Government has expressed its commitment to fighting the scourge of human trafficking that continues to be a cause for concern in the country, saying although numbers have been dwindling one case reported is a case too many.

Human trafficking is described as modern-day slavery where men, women and children are trafficked both within and across borders and forced to work for little or no payment.

Some are used as domestic slaves and even forced into sex work with young women being at greater risk because traffickers can make a lot of money by selling them to brothels.

In an interview, Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Kazembe Kazembe said there were people who were still being trafficked despite efforts by the Government to nip the scourge in the bud.

Speaking on the sidelines of a tour of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) recently, Minister Kazembe said human trafficking does not only apply to persons being removed from their home country but said trafficking could also be from within the country’s borders.

“Human trafficking is an issue that we have been discussing in Zimbabwe and it comes in various forms. It is not only when people are taken out of the country but people can be moved from within the country after having been lied to that they will be afforded better life opportunities.”

He said human trafficking involved people being forced to do things against their will while in captivity or because of the desperation of their situation.

“They are also taken to certain areas where they are even held hostage or made to do things they would not do if they were not in those circumstances. We have had situations where people have been lied to and taken to other countries and promised greener pastures only to realise that they have been taken for a ride when they are there.” —Zimpapers

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