WHAT TO KNOW PERTAINING TO THE BILL ON TRAFFICKING OF PERSONS IN MALAWI DRAFTED TO BE TABLED IN PARLIAMENT IN FEBRUARY 2015.
Notes by Habiba Osman.
Over the past 15 years trafficking in persons and human trafficking have been used as umbrella terms for activities involved when someone obtains or holds a person in compelled slavery.
In Malawi there is no overarching law against human trafficking. Trafficking as it is is defined in very specific terms under international law. Not all the elements of this definition are covered by the provisions in the existing laws and therefore when traffickers are caught, they usually face light penalties or are acquitted.
While all neighbouring countries, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia have passed laws on trafficking including Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has issued a temporary measure, through the Trafficking in Persons Regulations Act 2014, Malawi has no comprehensive law to prevent, fight and eliminate trafficking in persons.
Young and old Malawians are be sold within the region as traffickers know that our border posts are porous, officials are corrupt and people are duped into selling their own because of poverty.
If our Legislators in the August House are not outraged at all, then it means they haven’t been paying attention! There is no shame in addressing a problem of this magnitude, the shame lies in ignoring it.
On behalf of that faceless and powerless victim #PASS THE TRAFFICKING BILL.