Wednesday@UNIC: Addressing Human Trafficking in Zimbabwe

The United Nations in Zimbabwe, in support of the Government of Zimbabwe continues to be at the forefront of counter trafficking work in the country.IMG_4586888_0.jpg

Noting that globally close to 70% of the trafficked victims are female, 12% were male and 18% were children, IOM Chief of Mission, Mr. Martin Ocaga, said “Many people, including boys and girls, are trafficked from or through Zimbabwe to South Africa for labour exploitation as well as to many other countries.” He said this as he addressed over 60 national and international development partners, members of the public and the media at the ninth edition of the Wendnesday@UNIC public discussion held on 19 March 2014.

Human trafficking is a challenge that cannot be left for the Government alone but requires concerted efforts at national and regional levels. 

The issue of community engagement and awareness-raising at a grassroots level, the need to establish rehabilitation programmes to victims of trafficking, and the issue of socio-economic challenges were raised by participants as underlying factors to human trafficking in Zimbabwe.