35 cases of trafficking in persons receiving attention: Ndeitunga

31 Jul 2019 17:40pm
ARIAMSVLEI, 31 JUL (NAMPA) – Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said there are currently 35 cases of trafficking in person reported that are receiving attention of NamPol as well as the courts.
In a speech read on his behalf, Ndeitunga revealed the statistics at Ariamsvlei in the //Kharas Region on Tuesday during the commemoration of the International Day Against Trafficking In Persons, held under the theme ‘Human trafficking: a call to action'.
Ndeitunga said 20 cases out of the 35 are on the court roll, pending trial, while 15 cases are still under investigations.
“It is a fact that statistics may not necessarily be the reflection of the reality on the ground,” he cited.
Ndeitunga said trafficking in persons is generally difficult to detect and investigate because of the psychological effect it has on the victims.
“This is a crime where victims are deceived or forced into exploitative situations and in some instances they may even form bonds with their exploiters,” he added.
He emphasised that there has been a significant increase in the number of cases on the court roll especially during the past two years, which is an indication that both the law enforcement agencies and the prosecution authority are highly committed to combating this crime.
Ndeitunga however was quick to say that the number of reported and detected cases is not yet alarming in Namibia but there is a growing concern.
“This is a global problem in which men, women and children are being bought and trafficked from different areas to be sold in different places and they are exploited for a wide range of purposes. Its impact literally affects every country in the world as either a country of origin transit or is a destination for the victims,” he added.
The NamPol chief further said a multi-disciplinary approach remains paramount in the fight against trafficking in persons, noting that to effectively address this phenomenon, communities need to be made aware of the acts that constitute such a crime.
“All stakeholders need to have the capacity of identifying the crime and work together in addressing issues pertaining to trafficking in persons promptly,” said Ndeitunga.