Human trafficking is a real problem in Namibia

Human trafficking is a real problem in Namibia

Human trafficking is not only a reality in Namibia but a real problem.
And since Namibia does not yet have laws to address human trafficking, it is hard for law enforcement agencies to identify the elements of this crime.
In the absence of local legislation on abduction, law enforcement agencies are for now relying on international legal instruments to combat such crime.
SADC countries are also working together to develop anti-trafficking legislation for the region.
Human trafficking includes all recruitment, abduction, illegal transportation, and receiving of persons from one country or area to another, for the purpose of forced labour or commercial sexual exploitation.
NAMPOL Inspector General, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, says victims are recruited and transported, using trick behaviour.
He stresses that a victim of trafficking loses all freedom to take decisions about their own life, movement and choices - and are subjected to various forms of physical and mental abuse.
A five-day multi-disciplinary training session on trafficking in persons, is being held in Oshakati, organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the office of the Prosecutor General; and the office of the NAMPOL Inspector General.
The training involves police officers, prosecutors, immigration officers, social workers and labour inspectors.