29 Mar 2019 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 29 MAR (NAMPA) The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has urged Namibians to assist law enforcement agencies in combating human trafficking, as efforts by all stakeholders are crucial to fight the crime.
Nandi-Ndaitwah made the call in a speech read on her behalf here on Friday during the launch of the anti-trafficking awareness campaign. At the same time, the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Identification, Protection, Referral and Safe Return of Victims of Trafficking in Namibia were also launched.
She explained that in order to effectively coordinate the fight against trafficking in persons in Namibia, Cabinet approved the document after it established a high-level committee consisting of relevant offices, agencies and ministries to review the NRM and SOPs.
These NRM and SOPs will be essential elements of a comprehensive and effective response to trafficking in persons in Namibia, she said.
The minister stated that trafficking in human beings is a severe violation of human rights which requires special attention and specific actions of multi-stakeholder partnerships across all levels of government to key community actors.
The United States of Americas Ambassador to Namibia, Lisa Johnson said there are 25 million victims of human trafficking throughout the world trapped in a multi-billion-dollar industry, hence Namibias efforts to create strong comprehensive anti-trafficking laws is commendable.
Human trafficking can take place anywhere, even in our places of comfort, therefore informing citizens through anti-trafficking campaigns is essential to identifying cases of human trafficking and government should take proactive steps to make communities aware of trafficking indicators, she said.
At the same event, Prosecutor General Martha Imalwa said so far, three cases of human trafficking have been successfully prosecuted, whilst seven are currently under investigation.