NamPol calls for human trafficking education

16 Aug 2019 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 16 AUG (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on Thursday cautioned the nation to educate itself about human trafficking and to report any acts related to human trafficking.

The media statement issued on Thursday by NamPol’s spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, said human trafficking has been in existence for a long time and did not feature constantly in Namibia until the last few years, when a number of Namibians became victims of human trafficking.

He said the traffickers promise lucrative jobs abroad, visas, and air tickets before facilitating their victims’ travel to foreign destinations but upon arrival, their documents are confiscated and they are denied movement rights.

He said during the day, they perform domestic work and in the night they are forced to trade drugs on the streets or engaged in illegal sexual activities.

“It is against this background that Namibian Police Force would like to send a warning to would-be victims of human trafficking to liaise with the local Interpol Bureau to verify the authenticity of such lucrative job advertisements before entering into such agreements,” he said.

The statistics given by the police shows the first human trafficking case was reported in 2010, and 47 more cases were recorded countrywide thereafter. Of the cases, 13 were finalized, while 15 are still under investigation. 20 are still on the court roll and among those, 13 were finalised four people were convicted.

NamPol urged the nation to raise awareness and teach young women and men, boys and girls to be assertive and not to be convinced or lured into agreeing to take up lucrative jobs that seem suspicious both nationally or internationally.