More victim protection needed in Human Trafficking bill ...good step in the right direction

March 12, 2018, 5:27pm

 The Institute for Public Policy Research has welcomed the Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill as the right step in the right direction, but with caution given that more still needs to be done in safe-guarding victims.

IPPR’s researcher, Maximilian Weylandt, in his latest report notes that the bill’s shortfall is in that it does not include some services that the Child Care and Protection Act wants. 

Says Weylandt, “For example, it does not require that victims of child employment have to receive education opportunities, or a job if they want to and are old enough to have a job.”

“In addition, the Bill says that victims should be provided with housing, whereas before, the law said victims should get housing with access to “food, water, clothes and bedding.” Despite its shortcomings, the Bill represents a step forward in fighting human trafficking in Namibia.”

Government has demonstrated immense political will to live up to international standards when it comes to trafficking, passing The Hague Convention and Child Care Act.