MPs participate in human trafficking awareness football match

12 Jun 2019 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JUN (NAMPA) – Members of Parliament (MPs) were set to play a football match against their counterparts in Accra, Ghana in an effort to raise awareness on human trafficking on Wednesday.
The football match is part of a workshop organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association United Kingdom (CPA UK) Branch in Accra, in partnership with the Parliament of Ghana.
The workshop explores the role of MPs in leading the fight against human trafficking and forced labour and raising awareness of this form of trafficking as well as other forms of exploitation and exposing crimes of human indignity.
Agnes Limbo, Gotthard Kasuto and Eunice Iipinge, who are MPs in the National Assembly and members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Gender Equality, Family Affairs and Social Development, would play the match with their counterparts from Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and the UK.
Officials of local civil society organisations, diplomats and other public figures were also included in the matches.
CPA UK Communications Manager, Mark Scott said in a media statement that the workshop is an opportunity for lawmakers to exchange ideas around their role in gathering evidence and research, scrutinising anti-trafficking policy and legislation as well as oversight of the implementation of anti-trafficking laws.
Scott added that the workshop will cover the issue of ‘football trafficking’, which has become an increasing form of exploitation in the last 10 years.
“The phenomenon occurs when young Africans living in poverty see football as a vehicle out of their hardship and are subsequently tricked by false agents pretending to have links to Europe’s elite [football] clubs,” reads the statement.
Scott explained that these false agents coerce the victims into human trafficking, child exploitation, fraud and forced labour.
It is estimated that around 15 000 players are trafficked to Europe annually under these false pretences.