Labour Ministry discovers child labour, trafficking cases

19 Feb 2014 12:00

The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, is handling four cases of child labour and trafficking detected in Windhoek since the year began.

The four children who are pupils at Omega Primary School (grade 4 and 6) in Omega District were lured away from their homes by a person identified only as “Matron”, with the promise of fining them jobs in Windhoek.

Yesterday, Gender Ministry took two 14-year-old girls into custody after discovering their whereabouts in the Windhoek West and Khomasdal suburbs where they were working as domestic workers. The two girls are part of four who had been lured from their homes by “Matron” and then brought to Windhoek for child labour.

The third child, who was only identified as an 11-year-old girl, was transported to Katima Mulilo this year where she was reported to be working for an elderly woman. Labour Ministry could not confidently confirm whether or not the child has been removed from the home where she has been working as a domestic worker but the case has been under surveillance since this morning.

The fourth child whose age has not yet been established has since returned home and reunited with her family.

All the children are from the San community. Of the four, two had informed their parents about travelling to the city for work while the rest were reported missing by their parents.

Deputy director, Labour Inspectorate, Dr Felix Musukubili, today warned; “Should anyone be convicted of the offence, they would be liable to a fine not exceeding N$20 000 or an imprisonment for a period not exceeding four years or both.”